Bus and coach drivers


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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Driver, minibus
Driver, bus, mini
Driver, bus
Operator, person, one
Driver, PSV
Driver, coach
Driver, vehicle, carrying, passenger
Driver, vehicle, service, public
Operator, coach
Driver, PCV
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