It does depend on the company. I worked at several different garages in the 70s/80s. In those days London Transport still had a lot of ‘crew operated’ routes, i.e there was a driver and conductor. New drivers started on these and could then move on to one person operated route if they wished (with better pay).
Do bus drivers drive the same route?
Most of the time it’s different routes but sometimes it can be same route all day.
How do bus drivers know the route?
We generally only learn the routes by driving them, in service, with a mentor. Local knowledge can help, but we have plenty of drivers who weren’t ‘local’ when they started and they don’t generally need any more route training than locals.
How many routes do bus drivers do?
There are 8,600 buses in the whole fleet, operating on 700 routes, serving 19,000 bus stops.
Can bus drivers refuse to let you on?
Yes, if the driver deems that this will affect the health and safety of yourself and other passengers. The driver can also refuse travel if they deem your behaviour to be unruly. The driver has discretion at all times as to who boards the service.
Is bus driving stressful?
According to Dr Tage Kristensen, of the National Institute of Occupational Health in Copenhagen, bus drivers are under more stress than executives. … Bus drivers are practically public property, open to abuse and accusation. After a while it gets to you, and makes you mean.
How many days do bus drivers work?
Currently, it is legal for bus drivers on local routes (less than 50 km) to work 10-hour days, with no weekly or fortnightly limit apart from one day off in two weeks. Incredibly, it is entirely legal for a local bus driver to work 130 hours over two weeks, with only a half an hour break after 5.5 hours driving.
Why are bus drivers so mean?
There’s a perception amongst the general public that drivers can sometimes be rude which stems from their quiet nature and overall, general lack of interaction with passengers. The reality is that drivers are not ignoring us to be rude. They are simply focusing on the task in front of them which is very important.
Can bus drivers refuse to let you on without a mask?
Will the driver refuse to let me on if I’m not wearing a face mask/covering? It is your legal responsibility to wear a face covering when travelling on public transport unless you have an exemption. The driver cannot enforce this but you may be liable to a fixed penalty notice if you refuse.
Is driving a bus hard?
Driving a bus is not that much more complicated than driving a car. You do have to be more careful, given the length and weight of a bus, as well as the responsibility you have to your passengers. However, the basics are the same, though you may need to learn to shift if you’ve never driven a standard before.
Which London bus route is the longest?
The longest London bus route is the X26 from West Croydon to Heathrow Airport central bus station. The route is 38 km long with a typical daytime journey of 1 hr 45 mins.
What is the busiest bus route in London?
1. Route 18: 16,670,464. By far the busiest bus route in London, the 18 runs from Sudbury & Harrow Road Station to Euston, a journey of nine miles.
What is the oldest bus route in London?
Route 24 dates back to 1910, when it ran between Hampstead Heath and Victoria station. In August 1912 it was extended to Pimlico and has continued in that form until the present day, making this the oldest unchanged bus route in London.
Can a bus driver refuse you for not having change?
Yes , they can do that if they haven’t enough change. I’ve known people to ask other passengers for change as well , if they havent got it then no entry . Surely though, if you know you’re going to catch a bus you’d make sure you had enough change for the fair .
Why do bus drivers let people on without masks?
Our drivers are not wearing a face covering or mask while driving for safety reasons as this can be distracting. And for drivers who wear glasses there is a risk these get steamed up while driving. The cab has a protective screen to separate the driver and passengers.
Why do bus drivers not wear masks?
This could include staff carrying out maintenance or driving a train or bus. On buses we have installed a protective film and sealed gaps around the driver’s cab screen to protect our staff and customers. Because of this, our bus drivers are not required to wear face coverings when inside the driver’s cab.