Becoming a bus driver can afford you many opportunities. You could work for a school and transport children. You could operate a route for a public transit system or you could be your own boss by renting or buying a used party bus. Like a limo or taxi service, you would shuttle customers around. Depending on your location, the party bus could be used to conduct tours of the area. Keep in mind that, regardless of whether you are renting or buying a bus, running your own business is not cheap. All bus drivers must meet certain requirements and complete special training before transporting passengers. Read on to find out what you must do to start your new career in transportation.
Anyone operating large vehicles must have a commercial driver’s license or CDL. This is the same license that is needed by semi-truck drivers. You will need to pass a written examination and demonstrate your ability to safely operate a bus on the road. Your local Department of Motor Vehicles should be able to provide you with appropriate study materials. License fees are usually cheap.
Drivers transporting passengers must at least meet federal regulations, though local regulations may be stricter. According to federal standards, you must be at least twenty-one, pass a physical exam at least every two years, and pass any drug tests. You cannot have a felony charges that comprise automobiles or drugs. You cannot have epilepsy. If you have diabetes that requires insulin shots, you cannot be a bus driver.
Endorsements that allow you to shuttle around passengers and children will need to be attached to your new CDL. Additional tests will be required to obtain these endorsements.
Depending on who your passengers will be, a background check may be required.