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A bus driver must be patient and level headed in order to deal directly with members of the public and cope with a position that can in some ways be monotonous. They must transport passengers to and from destinations on a predefined route. A driver must also obviously be a careful and skilled driver who is able to traverse heavy traffic and make sure the passengers arrive safely
Bus drivers need to obtain a Passenger Carrying Vehicle license (PCV) after filling out a D2 application form and D4 medical form from the DVLA. Training usually takes place at specialist schools where students will be supervised by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).
There are no formal qualifications needed to become a bus driver other than a clean license and decent high school education. The average salary for a bus driver in the UK varies depending on the region but is typically about £20,000 per year.

Description

Bus drivers are required to drive buses in order to transport passengers from one place to another. They are responsible for the safety and comfort of their clients while they travel on bus. They transport people through local routes, making scheduled stops to pick up and drop off passengers. These drivers can also transport communities, hospital patients, elderly people, and schoolchildren to different destinations.

A Bus Driver usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Checking transport passes.
• Helping passenger with difficulties for get in and drop off.
• Driving legally and safely.
• Monitoring vehicle parts.
• Dealing with any anti social behavior on the bus.

Skills

• Having excellent driving skills.
• Having good knowledge about routes and geography.
• Being polite and assertive.
• Having knowledge about other languages for overseas travels.
• Having high attention to details.
• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having knowledge about safety and health issues.
• Being responsible and reliable.
• Being able to drive skillfully.

Education

Every job placement involving bus driving requires a special licence, so Bus Driver applicants needs to have a PCV licence for this purpose. This licence requires a full UK driving licence first. Trainee drivers must be over 18 or 21 years old and have a clean driving history. Some companies offer PCV training schemes for entrants, in other cases individuals who wish to have their own lessons to obtain this type of licence must contact the Driving Standards Agency.

Further exams for people working on this area are the Certificate of Professional Competence with 35 training hours every five years and several SVQ’s and NVQ’s related to coach and bus industry.

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