CODA – Castle’s Online Driver Assessment
Assess your new and existing drivers easily and simply with CODA – Castle’s Online Driver Assessment, which is based on a traffic light system of low, medium and high risk. Developed by a leading risk-assessment software company CODA is a reliable way to risk assess your drivers and document their results and subsequent online training.
While the online driver assessment is not intended as a replacement for practical assessments such as MiDAS or other forms of driver training, it is a proven and accurate way to risk assess your drivers and offer them additional driver training that can be undertaken online and in their own time.
For the drivers:
The safety assessment asks 12 questions in four different areas:
- Hazard perception
At the end of the assessment the driver can see their risk rating for each sector and four training modules are recommended for them to complete dependent on their strengths and weaknesses.
For the school transport manager:
When you purchase your first set of codes for CODA, Castle Minibus will set you up a client account and dashboard, branded with your logo and including any policy documents you would like your staff to confirm they’ve read. You can then log in and view your driver’s results and the training modules they have completed. There is a one-off administration cost for set-up of £125 (+vat).
The test, train and reassess package is only £25 (+vat) per unique login code for between 1 – 19 codes. That provides a unique login for the drivers to take the assessment, complete the training modules and, when requested, we will give the driver the opportunity to be reassessed. If you require 20+ unique login codes, the cost is only £20 (+vat) per code.
Champions of Minibus Safety
Your staff are driving precious cargo and it is important to be regularly risk assessing their driving as you might do any other area of their performance. We recommend that you check driving licences termly and complete an online driver assessment every year. MiDAS training is available for practical and theory minibus tests but this is recommended only once every four years. If you assess your drivers regularly online you can be confident, and provide evidence, that the safety of your pupils and staff is being monitored and is paramount.
Benefits of Our Online Driver Assessment
For the Driver
Simple sign-in with a unique code
20-minute test of four areas
Four training modules to refresh learning
Safer driving for you and your passengers
For the School
Record of regular risk assessments
Confirmation policy documents read
Branded with school logo
Dashboard of all driver results
Identification/notification of any high-risk individuals
Record of training and improvements
No loss of teaching time
How it Works
You purchase codes from Castle Minibus from £20 – £25 plus the vat, per driver, and provide us with:
- Your school details
- School logo
- Any driving policy documents you want your drivers to read
- Confirmation all your drivers have email address (all users require an email address to sign in)
Castle Minibus will set you up on the system, give you access to a dashboard, and send you a code for each driver
You then give each driver a code to complete their online assessment and training modules
You can log in to your dashboard and see the results of your drivers and their progress through the training modules
When your drivers have completed their online training modules, you can request a second assessment for your drivers if required
Castle Driver Assessment Day
If the online assessment recommends some on-the-road training or you would prefer to have your drivers assessed in person, you can book an assessment day. Castle’s experienced and ADI driver trainers will collect your staff from your school and give them a practical assessment and training session. Our Castle Assessment Day is like MiDAS in that it offers refresher training for minibus drivers, but it is more focused on practical driving skills.
Benefits of Castle’s online and practical driver assessments
Regularly risk assess your drivers
Evidence driver policies read by staff
Choose from online or practical assessments
Evidence ongoing driver training
Alerts for high-risk drivers
Affordable ongoing driver assessments
Minibus compliance advice and services