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Bus & Coach Drivers

Bus and coach drivers drive road passenger-carrying vehicles such as buses, coaches and mini-buses.

Tasks

  • Checks tyres, brakes, lights, oil, water and fuel levels and general condition of the vehicle before start of journey
  • Drives single- and double-decked vehicle over pre-determined route, complying with traffic regulations and keeping to time schedule
  • Stops and opens and closes doors at pre-arranged places to allow passengers to board and alight, observing regulations concerning the number of passengers carried
  • May collect fares from passengers and issue tickets or ensure that they use a ticket machine
  • May plan routes in conjunction with private hirer and assist with loading and unloading of luggage
  • Balances cash taken with tickets sold and may be responsible for cleanliness of vehicle
  • Maintains records of journey times, mileage and hours worked.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, though candidates must be in possession of a full car driving licence. All bus and coach drivers must pass the Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) test. This incorporates a theoretical examination and assessed driving. Entrants to the PCV test must be at least 18 years old. NVQs/SVQs in Transporting Passengers by Road are available at Levels 2 and 3.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £19,000 per annum and can progress up to £29,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 17,967 employed Bus & Coach Drivers in the region.

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