Bus Drivers are employed by urban transportation agencies, schools, transportation companies, and other public and private companies to drive buses, charters, or vans transporting passengers through designated routes. Some Bus Drivers may be responsible for charging fares to passengers, which is the case of public urban transportation. Furthermore, in some cases, Bus Drivers are required to help passengers with limited mobility board or get off the vehicle using special equipment.
Given the fact that Bus Drivers transport passengers, safety procedures and adherence to traffic laws are of paramount importance. Most cities have standard regulations and traffic laws applicable to public transportation regarding working schedules, routes, and street lanes they’re allowed to transit.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Bus Drivers are required to complete.
- Driving passenger vehicles (e.g. buses, vans, or charters):
- Conducting passengers through pre-established routes and schedules;
- adhering to transit regulations and laws; and
- ensuring the safety of passengers.
- Regulating heating, lighting, and ventilation systems inside the vehicle:
- Adjusting heating and ventilation systems to provide a comfortable temperature for passengers; and
- turning the internal lights on during hours of low visibility.
- Parking vehicles at designated areas for passengers to board and get off:
- Charging fares to passengers when required;
- checking a list of passengers when necessary (charter buses);
- recording fares and handing receipts; and
- maintaining a log regarding schedules and passengers.
- Inspecting vehicles prior to departure:
- Checking gas, oil, and cooling fluid levels;
- checking for malfunctioning parts; and
- checking breaks, wipers, and lights.
- Assisting passengers:
- Answering passengers’ questions about schedules or routes;
- helping passengers with limited mobility get on and off the vehicle;
- assisting passengers with their baggage;
- maintaining order among passengers;
- advising passengers to be seated and maintaining the order during the ride; and
- ensuring special passengers are well-seated and secured.
- Handling passenger emergencies:
- Providing first aid care or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a passenger when necessary; and
- assisting passengers during an emergency (e.g. accidents, breakdowns, and medical emergencies).
- Reporting emergencies, delays, or accidents:
- Notifying headquarters of any incident and requesting assistance when necessary.
- Making minor repairs to the vehicle:
- Changing tires when necessary; and
- adding cooling fuel when required.
- Checking assigned route and inspecting vehicle conditions prior to departure.
- Parking at designated areas where passengers can get on and off the bus.
- Driving passengers through pre-established routes.
- Adhering to traffic laws and regulations.
- Stopping at designated points at passenger’s request.
- Charging fares to passengers.
- Storing and keeping records of number of passengers and fares collected.
- Keeping passengers in an orderly and safe manner.
- Reporting and assessing any incident or emergency.
- Assisting passengers with baggage and special needs.
- Answering passengers’ questions and inquiries.
The average Bus Driver salary is $43,644 per year or $22 per hour. This is around 1.3 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $31,000 while most experienced workers make up to $61,000. These results are based on 431 salaries extracted from job descriptions.