Bus and coach drivers

£28,080

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

46

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

2.61%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

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

Qualifications

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
Busman
Operator, person, one
Driver-conductor
Driver, PSV
Driver, coach
Driver, vehicle, carrying, passenger
Driver, vehicle, service, public
Operator, coach
Driver-fitter
Driver-mechanic
Driver, PCV
Driver (bus service)
Shunter (road transport)
Driver