Job sheet: Bus Driver
The passenger transport sector is an exciting growth industry and more and more people are turning to buses for their transport option especially in urban areas.
Bus drivers play a vital role that comes with the challenges and responsibilities of transporting an important cargo - people.
Drivers need to have good people skills as well as a sound driving ability and can choose between a range of roles including urban, school, inter-city or charter (tour bus) jobs.
As a growing industry there is a good demand for bus drivers and there will be for the foreseeable future.
Before you can become a bus driver you need to have held a Class 1 driver licence for at least two years.
Anyone employed to drive a passenger vehicle such as a bus also needs to hold a Passenger [P] driver licence endorsement.
For most bus driving jobs, you will need to hold a Class 2 driver licence especially for driving buses that, when loaded, weigh over 4,500 kg.
To get a P endorsement you must submit a medical certificate, eyesight certificate, and undergo a "fit and proper person" check.
Skills are gained on the job and some companies may provide training programmes that lead to a formal National Certificate.
Training for the P endorsement is carried out by New Zealand Transport Agency approved training providers and may cost between $300 and $700 plus licensing fees.
Location of job:
Bus drivers work out on the roads and there are job opportunities throughout New Zealand.
There are good career opportunities in the passenger transport industry and Tranzqual offers a qualification providing a structured career path.
The National Certificate in Passenger Service (Large Passenger
Service Vehicle) includes options in:
- School Bus
- Urban or Local Route
- Long Distance.
Drivers gain key skills including:
- Driving a large passenger service vehicle lawfully,
safely and efficiently
- Looking after the comfort and well being of passengers
- An awareness of fatigue and work time requirements
- An ability to write incident reports and record driving hours as required by law
- Ability to check the vehicle before use.
Pay varies, but bus drivers usually earn between $14 and $19 an hour, depending on experience, the region they work in and the company they work for.
Some bus companies also offer incentives and the number of hours a driver may work also varies.
Other careers this profession could lead to:
- Truck driver
- Operations Manager
- Driver trainer/instructor
Tips on how to increase the chances of successfully entering this industry:
- Gain a driver licence as early as possible
- Be keen and have a can do attitude
- Talk to a bus company and see if you can spend some time with the drivers
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