Frequently asked questions

What skills are needed to be a bus driver?

If you like meeting people and driving, then we provide first class training to help you on your way to become a great bus driver!

Do I have to pay for my training?

We provide free comprehensive training worth around £1500, as well as paying for your Provisional PCV licence and medical.

Can anyone apply?

We welcome applications from anyone that has held a full UK manual car licence for at least 2 years.

How do I apply?

You can do so here.

What happens after I apply?

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview, and then an assessment day, which is usually at our Gateshead Riverside depot. The assessment covers Highway Code, general driving ability and Highway Code awareness along with basic maths and writing skills. A medical test is also carried out, which normally takes place on the same day.

What else happens?

Non-PCV holders will have to apply for their PC Provisional, but we help out with that and the application, which is then ‘Fast-tracked’ through. We even pay for your licence!

How long will training take?

Two days training precede the statutory Theory and Hazard Perception Tests, before you move on to driving the vehicles. This lasts on average eleven days, with constant instruction and support. You will get paid a training wage from the day you start training until you are signed off by your dedicated depot mentor.

What happens after training?

Once you have qualified, your training continues with customer care; disability awareness; ticket and ticket machine usage; and vehicle and route familiarisation. Experienced drivers are allocated to you to help you in the early weeks, and reviews are held to ensure you are settling in well.

How might my career progress?

Around 80% of Go North East staff are drivers, but almost all leading drivers, instructors, supervisors, managers and directors have worked as bus drivers at some point.

How many hours can I work?

A normal working week is 39 hours, which is allocated on a rota system. There are also opportunities to work additional hours.

What is the salary? 

With overtime, drivers can earn around £20k a year. 

Have a query that you can't find an answer to? 

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