Profession bus driver

Bus drivers operate buses or coaches, take fares, and look after passengers.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Social

Knowledge

  • Road traffic laws

    Understand road traffic laws and the rules of the road.

  • Passenger transport regulations

    Have knowledge of passenger transport conventions and regulations.

  • Effective perception of transport environment

    Know the local transport topography, including roads, traffic hotspots, and alternative routes to reach a destination. Use knowledge to transport the vehicle to its destination in the most time and fuel efficient manner, and minimising safety risks.

  • Mechanical components of vehicles

    Know the mechanical components used in vehicles and identify and resolve potential malfunctions.

  • Health and safety measures in transportation

    The body of rules, procedures and regulations related to health and safety measures intended to prevent accidents or incidents in transportation.

Skills

  • Apply conflict management

    Take ownership of the handling of all complaints and disputes showing empathy and understanding to achieve resolution. To be fully aware of all Social Responsibility protocols and procedures, and to be able to deal with a problem gambling situation in a professional manner with maturity and empathy.

  • Clean road vehicles

    Clean and maintain vans, buses and any other road vehicles to ensure safe operating conditions.

  • Perform defensive driving

    Drive defensively to maximise road safety and save time, money, and lives; anticipate he actions of other road users.

  • Drive in urban areas

    Drive vehicles in urban areas. Interpret and understand transit signs in a city, the regulation of traffic, and the related common automobility agreements in an urban area.

  • Operate GPS systems

    Use GPS Systems.

  • Lift heavy weights

    Lift heavy weights and apply ergonomic lifting techniques to avoid damaging the body.

  • Communicate with customers

    Respond to and communicate with customers in the most efficient and appropriate manner to enable them to access the desired products or services, or any other help they may require.

  • Perform services in a flexible manner

    Adapt service approach when circumstances change.

  • Tolerate sitting for long periods

    Have the patience to remain seated for long periods of time; maintain an appropriate and ergonomic posture while sitting.

  • Manoeuvre bus

    Drive a bus in reverse and make turns.

  • Ensure vehicle operability

    Keep the vehicle clean and in roadworthy condition. Ensure regular maintenance of the vehicle and provide valid official documents such as licenses and permits where appropriate.

  • Control the performance of the vehicle

    Understand and anticipate the performance and behaviour of a vehicle. Comprehend concepts such as lateral stability, acceleration, and braking distance.

  • Focus on passengers

    Transport passengers to their destination in a safe and timely fashion. Provide appropriate customer service; inform passengers in the event of unexpected situations or other incidents.

  • Help to control passenger behaviour during emergency situations

    Know how to use life-saving equipment in emergency situations. Provide assistance if leakages, collisions or fires should occur, and support the evacuation of passengers. Know crisis and crowd management, and administer first aid on board.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Stay alert

    Stay focused and alert at all times; react quickly in the case of unexpected events. Concentrate and do not get distracted performing a task over a long period of time.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Ensure vehicles are equipped with accessibility equipment

    Ensure that the vehicle is equipped with accessibility equipment such as passenger lift, seat belts, restraining harnesses, and wheelchair clamps or webbing straps.

  • Maintain concentration for long periods

    Stay concentrated over a long period of time in order to make correct judgements and appropriate decisions.

  • Communicate clearly with passengers

    Speak clearly in addressing travellers; communicate information related to their itinerary. Make announcements to passengers upon approaching the prescribed destination.

  • Tend to passenger belongings

    Handle passenger belongings; assist elderly or physically challenged travellers by carrying their luggage.

  • Use communication devices

    Operate communication devices in order to interact with customers, colleagues, and others.

  • Adhere to transpiration work schedule

    Adhere to assigned work schedule as prepared by the transportation company.

  • Interpret traffic signals

    Observe lights on the road, road conditions, nearby traffic, and prescribed speed limits to ensure safety. Interpret traffic signals and act accordingly.

  • Assist disable passengers

    Use appropriate safety procedures to operate lifts and secure wheelchairs and other assistive devices while assisting physically disabled travellers.

  • Keep time accurately

    Measure the passage of time, often with the assistance of a clock or stopwatch.

  • Provide information to passengers

    Provide passengers with correct information in a polite and efficient manner; use proper etiquette to assist physically challenged travellers.

  • Read maps

    Read maps effectively.

Optional knowledge and skills

handle petty cash execute vehicle maintenance

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