Bus or coach driver
Bus and coach drivers transport passengers on local, national or overseas journeys.
£14,000 Starter - £25,000 Experienced
45 to 47 variable (evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home)
Where to start
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You can get into this job through a passenger transport driver Level 2 apprenticeship. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You'll usually apply to bus or coach companies and train on the job.
You would be put through Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) driver training that normally lasts between 1 and 6 weeks.
Your employer would also give you training for the Certificate of Professional Competence or Driver CPC.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
- have a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) - this is known as the Driver CPC
- be over 18 years of age
- have a full driving licence
Every 5 years you'll need to:
For some jobs you’ll also need a digital tachograph card.
- take 35 hours of Driver CPC training
- renew your bus driving licence if you're aged 45 or over
What you’ll do
In this role you could:
If you're a coach driver, you may also:
- take fares
- check tickets and passes
- give timetable or route information
- help passengers who are having difficulty getting on or off the vehicle
- drive safely and keep to timetables
- greet passengers and check documents
- load and unload luggage
- make announcements during the journey
- make sure passengers are back on board for return journeys, and after scheduled stops
- keep the coach clean and do basic vehicle checks
- record driving hours and report any incidents
- for trips abroad, keep passengers up to date with travel information and deal with border control authorities
You could work from a vehicle.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a service controller or inspector, depot manager or driver training instructor.
You could also set up your own business. For this you'll need the Transport Manager CPC in Passenger Transport. This could be done through a local training provider.