Driving a bus or van
Licences for driving a bus or van
Types of licences required to drive different sized buses and vans.
- Small bus or van seating up to 12 people including the driver and up to 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM:)
- car licence required.
- light rigid licence with heavy vehicle endorsement required.
- Bus seating more than 12 people or greater than 4.5 tonnes but less than 8 tonnes GVM:
- medium rigid licence with heavy vehicle endorsement required.
- Rigid bus with 2 axles and greater than 8 tonnes GVM:
- heavy rigid licence with heavy vehicle endorsement required.
- Rigid bus with 3 or more axles and greater than 8 tonnes GVM:
Bus operator accreditation
In Victoria, accreditation is required for operators of buses with 13 or more seats including the driver, providing the following services:
- scheduled services including metropolitan and regional route bus services, school bus services, inter-town coach services and airport bus services
- non-scheduled services such as tourist coach services and charter buses and coaches
- non-commercial services including private buses, courtesy buses and hire and drive buses.
Public Transport Safety Victoria coordinates the accreditation of bus operators throughout Victoria:
Victorian bus and truck drivers handbook
Training staff to operate a bus or van
Apart from any training required to obtain special licences and permits for driving buses, drivers and staff may also need training on:
- driving when carrying passengers
- needs of clients using the vehicle
- using hoists and other modifications
- getting in and out of the vehicle
- manual handling
- breakdown, accident and maintenance procedures
- vehicle booking and logbook procedures
- wheelchair and other restraint systems
- securing objects and equipment.
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