A coach / bus driver might work on express routes, drive chartered vehicles, drive local or contracted buses in cities and built-up areas, or drive on regular bus routes in rural and remote areas. Goods too are transported, on regular routes in particular, and need to be supervised. Drivers of chartered buses and coaches may also act as tour managers and guides.
You work independently and have to keep to timetables. You may drive at all times of the day, including weekends. Two weeks’ work evens out at 80 hours overall. Sitting down and remaining alert can cause strain.
Bus and coach drivers need to have good eyesight, quick reaction times, and the ability to remain calm and get on with the passengers. If abroad, a knowledge of languages and the traffic conditions are necessary.
Text: The Ministry of Employment and the Economy