Bus Drivers Job Description

by Publishing Team on June 14, 2010

The Bus Drivers job is to transport students or clients, such as the elderly or persons with disabilities. They must ensure adherence to safety rules and often will assist clients entering or exiting the bus.


The Bus Driver must follow safety rules as student’s board and exit buses or cross streets near bus stops. The Bus Driver is responsible for complying with traffic regulations to operate the vehicles such as the bus in a safe and courteous manner. The Bus Driver is responsible to check the condition of a vehicle’s tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights, oil, fuel, water, and safety equipment to ensure that everything is in working order. The Bus Driver maintains order among pupils during trips to ensure safety. The Bus Driver job responsibility is to pick up and drop off students at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules. The Bus Driver must report any bus malfunctions or needed repairs. The Bus Driver normally drives gasoline, diesel, or electrically powered multi-passenger vehicles to transport students between neighborhoods, schools, and school activities. The Bus Driver prepares and submits reports that may include the number of passengers or trips, hours worked, mileage, fuel consumption, or fares received. The Bus Driver must be up to date on first aid procedures. The Bus Driver is responsible to keep bus interiors clean for passengers.


The Bus Driver is responsible for running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. The Bus Driver is responsible for inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. The Bus Driver is responsible for identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. The Bus Driver observes, receives and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources in regards to schedules and routes for his passengers.

The Bus Driver must monitor and review information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems that might evolve with passengers. The Bus Driver is in the position that he performs for people or deals directly with the public. The Bus Driver must analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems relating to passengers especially those that are minor children. The Bus Driver provides personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as senior citizens or students. Often the Bus Driver fined themselves in the position of handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with passengers. The Bus Driver is responsible for providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Abilities and Skills:

The Bus Driver must have the ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between the bus and another object. The Bus Driver must have the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, but recognizing there is a problem. The Bus Driver needs to be able to tell when a fight between students might occur or if another incident might occur. When possible they need to intercede and stop the problem or resolve issues. When it is not possible the Bus Driver must contact his superiors and/or parents to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, at times the Bus Driver may need to kick a student off of the bus in order to maintain peace. The Bus Driver needs the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. They need to be able to understand different spoken words especially from the elderly who might speak with an accent. The Bus Driver needs the ability to communicate information and ideas in his speaking so that others will understand.

The Bus Driver needs the skill to use basic logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. The Bus Driver needs the skill to control operations of the bus and any other vehicle that he may need to use while transporting passengers. The Bus Driver needs the ability to persuade others to change their minds or behavior. The Bus Driver needs the skill to understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Often the Bus Driver may need to read written instructions or directions from their superiors or their passengers.

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