Bus Driver Kaitaraiwa Pahi

Bus drivers operate buses and drive passengers along local, chartered or intercity routes.

Bus drivers may do some or all of the following:

  • visually inspect buses before driving them to make sure they are safe, clean, refuelled and ready for use
  • load and unload passengers' luggage
  • collect fares from passengers, giving them tickets and change
  • give passengers information on routes, fares and timetables
  • deliver a commentary on the area they are travelling through and answer passengers' questions
  • keep a logbook to record work time and rest breaks.

 

Physical Requirements

Bus drivers need to: 

  • be reasonably fit and healthy to get a medical certificate every five years
  • have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses)
  • have good hearing.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for bus drivers includes:

  • other driving work, such as taxi driving
  • customer service work
  • work in the tourism industry.

Personal Qualities

Bus drivers need to be:

  • understanding of people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • able to remain calm under pressure
  • honest and reliable
  • good at basic maths
  • good at communicating
  • friendly, polite and patient
  • alert
  • tolerant

Useful Experience

Useful experience for bus drivers includes:

  • other driving work, such as taxi driving
  • customer service work
  • work in the tourism industry.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, maths, and construction and mechanical technologies to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Bus Drivers can earn around $19-$24 an hour per year.

Bus drivers may progress to work as:

  • supervisors or managers at bus companies
  • bus inspectors
  • bus driving instructors. 

Bus drivers may specialise in driving:

  • set routes and timetables, school bus routes, or long-distance intercity routes
  • charter buses taking passengers on one-off trips such as to functions or events
  • tour coaches taking passengers on local or long-distance tours.
Bus Driver

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