What You Need To Be A Bus Driver

“City Metro” Courtesy of east-Harlem.com

Many public and intercity transport bus companies prefer to hire people that are at least 24 years of age. They usually need to have a couple years of experience driving a bus or truck. In some States, school bus drivers must take and pass a background check to find out if they have a criminal record or if they had or have any mental issues or problems.

Federal regulations require drivers, who operate commercial motor vehicles heavier than 26,000 pounds (in gross vehicle weight) or if they are designed to carry 16 or more persons, including the driver, to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with the correct qualifications from the State in which they live.

The main physical requirements include good hearing, a minimum of 20/40 vision with or without glasses or corrective lenses, and also have a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. Drivers cannot be colorblind. The person applying must be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at least 5 feet, with or without a hearing aid. Drivers must have normal blood pressure as well as normal use of their arms and legs. They may not use any controlled substances, unless they were prescribed by a licensed physician.

Because bus drivers deal with passengers, they must be courteous amongst them. They need to have an even temper and have emotional stability because dealing with passengers and driving in heavy, fast-moving, or stop-and-go traffic can become stressful at times. Drivers must have good customer service skills, like communication skills and the ability to coordinate and manage large groups of people.