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Bus Driver
Bus drivers convey passengers by bus on specified routes according to specified time schedules.

There are a variety of responsibilities involved in being a bus driver. Before starting trips, drivers are responsible for inspecting their vehicle to ensure that they are operating properly. At different bus stops drivers have to receive bus fares or proof that people may travel free of charge e.g. pensioners.

During each trip the driver is responsible for the safety of the passengers and the vehicle. They must drive cautiously and obey all the road traffic rules. They are also expected to be friendly and helpful. At the end of the trip a waybill must be completed.

Bus drivers attached to touring or travel companies take people on bus tours throughout the country. They may sometimes act as tour guides.

Satisfying Aspects
- working with people
- not being restricted to an office environment
- coach drivers for touring companies meet interesting people from other parts of the world

Demanding aspects
- stressful whilst driving in heavy traffic
- driving in adverse weather conditions
- working shifts, weekends, evenings of holidays
- working under pressure to meet timetables
- concentration for long periods of time
- responsiblity for ensuring safety of passengers

A bus driver should:
- be at least 21 years old
- be in possession of a valid bus driver’s license
- be courteous, tactful and patient
- get along with others
- work well under pressure
- remain calm during emergencies
- work well without supervision
- be emotionally stable
- have good eyesight
- have good health and stamina

School Subjects
Grade 8 Certificate.
Employers prefer higher educational qualifications.


Candidates receive in-service training.

Advanced driving courses are offered at: The Operator Training Centre, Emthonjeni Training Centre, Bloemfontein Training Centre, Apex Group Training Centre, Driver Training Scheme at Luipaardsvlei.

Note: At the City Council of Pretoria a Code 10 licence is not essential to be accepted for training, as the candidate can obtain the required licence during the training period.

- Municipalities
- Travel companies
- Private firms
- Transnet
- SA Railways

Any of the above potential employers.

Department of Transport
Private Bag X193
Pretoria, 0001
Tel: (012) 309 3000 Fax: (012) 324 3486

SA Bus Operators’ Association
P O Box 1305
Randburg, 2125
Tel: (011) 787-5863 Fax: (011) 787-5898