A bus driver’s primary responsibility is to transport people safely on a daily basis. A person who wants to be a bus driver must be detail-oriented, have good eyesight, and be able to stay alert while driving at all times. Patience is another beneficial quality to possess. Bus drivers interact with adults and children from all walks of life, and they must be prepared to handle any situation that arises while driving.
One of two types of buses can be driven a bus driver. Intercity and transit buses are used to transport people in specific metropolitan areas on a regular basis. They’re also suitable for tour buses. School buses transport children to and from school and school-related activities. School or intercity bus companies may have different requirements, but both require a person to learn first aid and be familiar with emergency evacuation procedures.
You must first obtain your Commercial Driver’s License in order to work as a bus driver in the United States (CDL). CDLs are divided into two categories: Class A and Class B. A driver with a class A CDL can operate trucks and trailers of any size. A driver with a class B CDL can operate any size truck, but not a trailer of any size. Additional testing may be required for specific endorsements to be added to a driver’s license. After obtaining a regular Class B CDL, a person must undergo additional testing in order to add the passenger endorsement and become a bus driver. A passenger endorsement allows a driver to transport 16 or more people at once.
Many driving schools offer a bus driver training course that lasts about 120 hours or three weeks. In terms of bus driver qualifications and standards, federal and state government regulations vary state. Classroom instruction teaches how to operate a bus and pass a written exam. A person must pass a written exam and demonstrate their understanding of bus driving rules and regulations.
A driver is placed in driver training after successfully passing the written exam. Bus driver training teaches the fundamentals of bus operation. Normally, this is done on school grounds. Once the driver is comfortable and has mastered the fundamental skills, he is progressed to on-the-road training, which includes passing a driving test.
A person must pass a physical examination, which includes hearing and vision tests, in order to become a bus driver. The driver must also meet the age requirements of the state in which she is applying. In addition to the regular testing for a Class B CDL, driving a school bus necessitates both a written and a driving exam that are specific to school buses.
The Department of Motor Vehicles in any state can provide information on how to become a bus driver (DMV). They will provide the specific information required for that state, such as how to apply for a CDL and which endorsements are available.