Your bus driving life

Your bus driving life

Driving isn’t something you ever really finish learning: you can, and should, keep learning from your experiences throughout your driving career.

Keep thinking about how you drive, and how you see other people drive, to find ways to improve your skills. Accept feedback from others – passengers, co-workers, your employer and others who see how you drive. They might notice a bad habit that you haven’t realised you’ve got, or be able to suggest things you could do better or differently.

Having a session with an instructor can help you if you need to deal with a change in your driving life, eg if you’re returning to driving after a long break or driving an unfamiliar vehicle.

Regular driver development sessions can help you keep up to date and stop bad habits: speak to an approved driving instructor about this. If you’re driving for a living, your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) periodic training will also help you refresh your skills.

You should also be aware that your driving ability will be affected by your health and your age: see Are you fit to drive? for more information about this.

 

It’s important to keep up to date about driving. Signs, road markings and rules are updated from time to time. You can find out about changes

  • in Highway Code updates on Twitter or on Facebook
  • on GOV.UK
  • in government publications
  • on motoring organisation websites
  • on this website!

You should also keep up to date on changes to vehicle technologies. You’ll find information about these

  • on manufacturer’s websites
  • in trade magazines and websites.

When there are changes to regulations for vehicle registration, the MOT test or taxation, you can find information

  • on GOV.UK
  • in government publications
  • on motoring organisation websites.

Don’t forget that you must keep your vehicle documents up to date too. See the Vehicle documents section for information about updating the vehicle registration certificate (V5C).

If your personal details change, you’ll need to update your licence.

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence

As well as a suitable driving licence, all professional passenger-carrying vehicle (PCV) drivers in the EU must have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

To get their CPC, new drivers must pass extra theory and practical tests as part of the process of getting their PCV licence. If you’re already a professional driver, you may have ‘acquired rights’ to the CPC if you got your vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) before 10 September 2009.

Once you have your CPC you won’t need to take any tests to keep it, but you will need to maintain your knowledge with 35 hours of training every five years.

See GOV.UK for more information about the Driver CPC.

You can also find out more about initial Driver CPC and Periodic training on this website.