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Bus / Coach Driver

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a bank teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognised apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

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These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

€31k > 40 
Bus / Coach Driver
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€31 - 40 
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Drives a bus along a set route, picking up and taking fares along the way.


The Work header image

As well as collecting fares, other functions carried out by the Bus Driver include:  
 
- Maintaining documentation, i.e. passenger report forms  
- Vehicle maintenance check list, operating tachography, where appropriate, and related documentation  
- Customer information/complaints  
 
In practical terms a bus company also expects a Bus Driver to keep radio contact with a control base. This is to keep drivers informed on essential information such as traffic and roadwork conditions. This also allows drivers security, especially on the late night services. Long distance Bus Drivers now have strict laws governing the hours drivers should work. Drivers on express routes are responsible for the loading and unloading of passengers' suitcases.  
 
There are a number of types of bus driver including:  
- Intercity bus drivers who report to a station where their journey begins. They pick up passengers and transport then to another station where they will pick up more passengers for the return journey. They also pick up passengers at designated locations along the way.  
- Urban Bus Drivers who transport passengers on short journeys around cities and suburbs.  
- School Bus Drivers travel the same route every day collecting school children. They collect them from school in the evenings and return them to their homes.  
 
Many airports and hotels run shuttle buses to transport customers to their required locations. There are also bus hire services where people can hire buses with a driver for periods of time.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Drive vehicles over specified routes or to specified destinations according to time schedules, complying with traffic regulations to ensure that passengers have a smooth and safe ride.

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Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.

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Advise passengers to be seated and orderly while on vehicles.

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Inspect vehicles, and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.

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Assist passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals, on and off bus, ensure they are seated properly, help carry baggage, and answer questions about bus schedules or routes.

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Handle passenger emergencies or disruptions.

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Record information, such as cash receipts and ticket fares, and maintain log book.

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Collect tickets or cash fares from passengers.

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Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.

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Report delays or accidents.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The bus driver must be skilful in driving and manoeuvring the bus in busy traffic and all types of weather conditions. He/she must be able to concentrate at all times as well as remaining patient and calm. He/she should be able to deal with members of the public in a friendly and helpful manner, especially if working in the tourist industry. He/she needs to have good communication skills.  
 
He/she should be reliable, a good timekeeper and able to work without supervision. Some numerical ability is necessary for those drivers dealing with fares.  
 
Drivers need to be reasonably fit and in good health.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Bus Eireann
  Address: Broadstone, Dublin 7.
  Tel: (01) 830 2222
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Bus Atha Cliath - Dublin Bus
  Address: 59 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 872 000
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Iarnrod Eireann
  Address: Connolly Station, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 703 2499
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