Have you always dreamed of driving a bus? As a child, did you look at your bus driver in awe and wish that you could drive a big, beautiful bus and transport people around the neighbourhood? Maybe, you are considering a change in your career and think that you may enjoy driving people around and working in the transportation industry. You are not the only one who feels this way! Driving a bus is still a very sought after and popular job. Being a bus driver is very rewarding. Thousands of people use the bus or travel by coach every day. Whether someone needs to travel to a nearby shop or wants to enjoy a cross-country or international trip, they can do so on the bus. Simply check out this list of coach day trips near me for inspiration on the types of locations you could be driving your passengers to. Each type of trip requires a good bus driver to ensure the passengers arrive safely. So, what training is needed to become a bus driver?
The Licence Requirements for Bus Drivers
As with all type of HGV qualifications, the first thing that you need to do is receive your Driver CPC qualification. This qualification proves that you can safely drive in a professional capacity and that you understand the rules of safety on the roadways. This qualification includes both theory and practical tests, a medical examination, and a healthy dose of basic training. Click here to find out more about the Driver CPC qualification.
The Driver CPC provides you with a basic understanding of how to operate large vehicles, the safety issues surrounding large vehicles and how to follow all regulations concerning HGV driving. When you have completed the course, all you need is a final workup. The Driver CPC proves that you have the competence to operate a large vehicle; however, it does not allow you to legally drive an HGV. For that, you will need to receive a license specific to the vehicle that you want to drive. For a bus, you must have a Cat D license.
You will also need to get a Cat B license prior to obtaining a Cat D license. The Cat B license allows you to drive 8 passenger cars, buses and trailers weighing up to 3,500 kg. A Cat D license, on the other hand, allows you to drive a bus with more than 8 passengers as well as tracked vehicles, such as a tank if you ever wanted to drive one! Once you have obtained all three types of licenses, you will be ready to pursue a career as a bus driver.
Cat D Training
The Cat D and Cat D1 training programs are designed to teach you how to professionally drive minibuses and buses. Once you have received your Driver CPC qualification, you must take the Cat D training course to become a professional bus driver.
During the Cat D training course, you will learn:
* The road rules and regulations relating to operating HGVs
* The maintenance of buses and HGVs.
* Customer service skills
* How to keep yourself, your passengers and other motor vehicle drivers safe on the road
* Proactive hazard perception and risk management skills
* Driving skills, including practical skills and theory on how to safely operate a large, multi-seated vehicle
When your training is completed, you will be able to legally drive a passenger vehicle that has more than 8 seats. You are now ready to become a bus driver!
How to Train for a Cat D License
Contact us and we will help you get started in a career in bus driving. At Easy as HGV, we offer a large range of training courses, including Driver CPC courses and Cat D courses for new drivers. We will provide you with a comprehensive course on how to safely operate a large vehicle, especially buses. We will also help you find your first job as a bus driver to help you get the best start possible in your new career.