bus driver
Travel

Driver: How to become a bus driver?

When thinking about the profession of a bus driver, the first thing you need to do is to obtain the appropriate qualifications, namely to pass the D driving license. Below we will tell you what conditions you must meet and what specific qualifications you will get with the exam.

Age of the applicant for the driving license D.

If you are considering a bus driving course, you must have a category B qualification and meet the age criterion, namely be at least 24 years old. Of course, there are exceptions to the above regulation. If you have obtained the initial qualification specified in the Act of 6 September 2001 on road transport (Journal of Laws 2019.0.2140 i.e.), you can apply for category D entitlements at the age of 21. It is important that the category D driving course can be started as early as 3 months before reaching the required age.

What is pre-qualification?

In 2006, amendments to the Road Transport Act were introduced, imposing compulsory education on professional drivers transporting people or goods. This obligation applies to drivers of category C1, C1 + E, C, C + E, D1, D1 + E, D, D + E If you have obtained the right to ride on the bus after the 10 September 2008., Wishing to pursue the profession of the driver, you are obliged to take a pre-qualification course. Only after you have obtained your professional qualification will you be able to work as a driver. Persons who passed the category D driving license before 2008 are exempt from the obligation to undergo initial qualification training.

Accelerated pre-qualification

The provisions of Chapter 7a of the above-mentioned Road Transport Act also introduced the concept of accelerated preliminary qualification. People who have obtained this type of qualification can work as bus drivers at the age of 23. Pursuant to the Act, category D rights are also granted to a person who has completed the accelerated initial qualification and is 21 years of age or older. However, it can drive buses that provide regular passenger transport on communication lines within the meaning of the Road Transport Act on a route not exceeding 50 km. 

Conditions for obtaining a bus driving license

In addition to the age criterion and the necessity to have a category B driving license, in order to obtain a bus driver’s license, you must undergo appropriate medical and psychological examinations. In addition, you must obtain a candidate driver profile from the communication department of your place of residence. To set up such a profile, you must submit a psychological and medical certificate stating that there are no contraindications for driving category D vehicles, as well as a completed application for a driving license. You must also prepare a photo, ID, and a photocopy of the driving license you already have. 

After obtaining this profile, you must complete the training in a driver training center of your choice, pass an internal exam, and then obtain a positive result in the state exam in the Provincial Road Traffic Center. It should be remembered that the mere completion of the driving license course and passing the state examination do not entitle us to work as professional bus drivers. If you want to transport people for profit, you must undergo the above-mentioned initial qualification training or accelerated initial qualification in category D. 

Entry in the driving license

Because as a bus driver must have completed a course of initial qualification, you should remember that your driver’s license at the cat. D placed entry 95, which is a confirmation of having professional qualifications for the transport of persons. In addition, you are required to apply for a Driver’s Card. You will submit this application via the website of the National Security Printing Works.

What qualifications does category D give?

A category D driving license entitles you not only to drive a bus. After obtaining the appropriate qualifications, you can also drive a farm tractor and a slow-moving vehicle. A bus is a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 9 people, including the driver. An agricultural tractor is a motor vehicle used in conjunction with agricultural, forestry, and gardening equipment, as well as for towing trailers and for carrying out earthworks. A slow-moving vehicle, on the other hand, should be understood as a motor vehicle, the design of which limits the speed of travel to 25 km / h. Such a vehicle will be, for example, a backhoe loader.

Another article on this blog that may interests you:

Driver: How to avoid blind spots on a truck?