Bus conductors have a range of responsibilities, which
include collecting fares, issuing tickets, helping
passengers with baggage, advising on destinations and
ensuring the safety of passengers. There is some
paperwork involved, for instance when recording fares,
checking timetables and counting money. In most areas,
with the exception of London, the duties of driver and
conductor are combined into one job (see Bus/Coach
Hours are irregular and may involve some weekends and
shift work. Driver-conductors work alone, but where the
roles are divided, the driver and conductor work together as
part of a team. The conductor will be expected to stand for
To be a bus conductor, you should:
Opportunities are greater in large towns or cities. Most
companies run buses operated by one person only and
therefore the number of openings for conductors has
declined in recent years.
More opportunities exist nationally for bus drivers. To become a bus driver you need to have a full UK driving licence and attain a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence, which involves passing a practical and theoretical test. For more information on bus driving, see the Bus/Coach Driver profile.
Opportunities may be found with tram companies in cities such as Blackpool and Manchester.
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