Career outlook for bus or coach driver
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would take people from one place to another whether that’s just a few streets, between towns and cities or on a holiday.
It’s a responsible job; passengers will rely on you to get them to the right place as safely as possible.
You might transport passengers on local, national or overseas journeys.
You would travel along planned routes, making scheduled stops along the way to pick up and drop off passengers.
- Take fares and give tickets
- Check transport passes
- Give timetable or route information
- Help passengers who are having difficulty getting on or off the vehicle
You could also work in community transport, where you would be driving schoolchildren, hospital patients and the elderly to their destinations.
If you are a coach driver you would do the same kind of work but the journeys would be longer. You could, for example, drive between cities, or drive people on day trips or holiday tours.
- Load and unload luggage
- Check tickets and passes
- Make sure that all passengers are back on board for the return journey, and after any scheduled stops
You would be responsible for keeping the coach clean, doing basic vehicle checks before taking your vehicle out and reporting any incidents to inspectors back at the depot.
If you drive to overseas destinations you’d keep passengers up to date with travel information and work with foreign authorities, for example, when going through border controls.
You’d need excellent driving skills and knowledge of traffic regulations. Understanding health and safety issues would also be important.
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