Safety first for bus and coach

Better jobs and better training for professional drivers

Related to: Road Transport, bus and coach, Road Transport, working conditions, Bus and Coach

Working as a bus or coach driver is not easy. Long working hours are the norm in this profession. Tasks include loading and unloading luggage, picking up and dropping off passengers, cleaning the bus or coach and preparing it for the next journey, and of course driving the passengers safely.

Coach drivers spend their week-ends planning for their tour trips. And to make things even more complicated, there is a lot of distraction while driving from passengers who pose questions or need assistance.

In the EU Mobility Package – a total revamp of the EU laws for road transport – the European Commission proposes longer driving and working periods, with less rest per month, for bus and coach drivers. In response, the ETF researched drivers’ working conditions and launched a campaign to keep the bus and coach sector safe – for drivers and passengers alike!

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Drivers don’t clock off

How often do bus and coach drivers work during their rest time? An ETF survey carried out on 687 drivers show that 56% of them will prepare their weekly journeys during the week-end. 57% of them use their rest time to clean their coach while 46% of them will have to find a spot to park their coach once they drop off their passengers, and that’s also done on the expense of their rest hours. See this info-graphic for more.

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