Have you fancied driving a bus since you were a kid because you dream of being in charge of such a large vehicle? Perhaps you would love the chance to be in a career that allows you to ferry people from one place to another? Whatever your reasons, bus driving can be a very rewarding job. Joining this line of work can see you do quick trips around the city, cross-country drives, or international travel.
To be regarded as a good bus driver, you need to make every trip safe for all passengers. So, how can one become a bus driver? What training should you take?
You first need to attain a Driver CPC qualification, which is the same requirement as for HGV drivers. The qualification serves as proof of being a driver who will drive safely when on the roads and conduct himself or herself in a professional capacity. The CPC qualification involves passing theory and practical tests after undergoing the standard training and several medical and health exams.
Via the Driver CPC, you should acquire and understand the basics of driving large vehicles safely, and know how to adhere to all the regulations regarding HGV driving. From that standpoint, the Driver CPC is all about proving professional competency. However, it does not grant you the honour of being a legally recognised HGV driver. For that, you have to get the specific HGV licence for the vehicle you are to drive. In this case of a bus, you will need a Cat D licence.
To complicate this further, you also have to get a Cat B licence, which will be what you first have to obtain. With the Cat B license, you can drive large vehicles of a Maximum Authorised Mass of 3.500kg and can carry up to 8 passengers. That means you will be relegated to driving cars and trailers. After getting this licence, you then can go for Cat D which will take you up to driving vehicles that have more than eight passengers. The Cat D licence will also allow you to drive tracked vehicles such as a tank.
Cat D Training
To drive buses and minibuses in a professional capacity, you need to take Cat D and D1 training. After completing the programmes and achieving the Driver CPC qualification, you then have to take a Cat D training course. Through the course, you will learn:
- The road rules and regulations related to HGVs
- The fixtures and maintenance of buses and HGVs
- The significance of having exceptional customer services skills
- Risk management and future projections
- How to be safe as a driver and the need to be concerned about the safety of all passenger and other road users
- Practical and theoretical skills as well as training in driving large, multi-seated vehicles.
By the end of your Cat D course, you will be able to drive any passenger vehicle that has a passenger capacity of more than eight people. That means you will legally …