How to Become a Bus Driver

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Have you ever though about becoming a Bus Driver in the UK?

Job Description

Bus Drivers are persons who are responsible for the carrying of passengers safely from one destination to another. This could be local journeys or long distance, or even continental.  Bus Drivers are generally expected to be confident, Level -headed and willing to work at short notice and long hours, and capable of remaining calm in stressful situations.  Cash handling skills may be required. The hours depend on the kind of driving you are undertaking. Being a Bus Driver is a good job for many people, but the key traits to have are a sociable personality, good geographical knowledge, and ability to work alone, a good sense of humour and calm under pressure.

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Entry Requirements

Many Bus Drivers start their career by attaining the relevant driving licence.  You will need to hold a Full Cat B UK Driving licence (Car), and be over 21, to apply for a Cat C1 entitlement via taking a PCV (Passenger carrying vehicles) test. The test comprises of a Theory and Hazard perception tests, Practical Driving test and then the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, which consists of four module tests, and you must also complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years after you have passed. You also must be of sound heath, and will require a medical examination.

Responsibilities and Duties

Standard duties vary dependent on the type of bus driving you are carrying out. IF you are a local bus driver then you will be expected to know your routes, pick up passengers at the designated bus stops, and take their fares, and drop them safely at their destinations. You will be responsible for ensuring the bus is in good working order and cash is handled correctly. A holiday coach driver will be responsible for ensuring that luggage is stowed correctly, and that passengers are delivered to the correct drop off points, as well as maintaining the coach so that it is tidy and comfortable for the passengers.

Working Hours

These may vary depending on the duties and job you are doing. Local bus drivers usually work on an 8 hour shift. Continental bus drivers may find themselves expected to work longer hours although there are strict limits to how many hours you are allowed to drive for, but you may still have to be on the coach.

Skills and Training Development

Bus Drivers can expect to progress through their careers with improving skills and knowledge as well as time served. You may find yourself tasked with training up new drivers that come to work in your depot. You could also consider becoming a Bus Driving Instructor for the DVLA if you can demonstrate your impeccable driving record and ability to pass on your skills. You may also be promoted to Depot Manager, Transport Manager or Route Manager with time served.

Average Bus Driver Salary

The average salary for a Trainee Bus Driver is £16,000 PA.
The average salary for a qualified Bus Driver is £21,000 PA.

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