Coach Drivers

Coach Driver Recruitment

Thank you for your interest in becoming a coach driver.

East Yorkshire Coaches is a division of East Yorkshire Motor Services, and has a modern coach fleet operating holidays and day excursions throughout the UK and Western Europe.

If you are interesting in working for us, please see the 'Careers' home page for any vacancies.

To find out what it's really like to be a coach driver, see our Q&A with a real driver!

EYMS is an equal opportunities employer.

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What’s it like being a coach driver?
Find out in our Q&A with Steve, East Yorkshire Coaches driver.

How did you get into coach driving?

When I left school I trained as a painter and decorator, then I moved on to being a tyre fitter. About 5 years ago I was looking for a change of direction and a new challenge. I saw an advert on the back of an EYMS bus to retrain as a bus driver for the company’s local bus network. They said they would pay me while I trained and also pay for all the training I needed to get a PCV licence. I passed first time and spent the first two years driving a service bus. About 3 years ago I saw an internal advert for coach drivers so I applied and joined the coach driving team. I have been here ever since.

As a coach driver with East Yorkshire Coaches can you describe the work you do?

I work on a whole variety of coaching work. Some days I might be very local on a schools contract and then a local job in between schools. At least twice a week, often more during the summer, I will be on a private hire, taking a local club out into the Yorkshire Dales for the day or possibly a group of school children to Alton Towers. East Yorkshire Coaches also has an extensive holiday programme and I may find I am going to London on a Theatre break or up to Scotland on a five–day Castles and Distilleries tour. Many of the other drivers are allocated overseas duties and often spend a good chunk of the year abroad.

Do you have a set weekly work roster?

East Yorkshire doesn’t have a roster as such and you could be working any day of the week. We often work weekends – possibly taking rugby supporters to matches or a group out on a private hire. If you require a day off then you just have to tell the operations staff and they will always do their best to accommodate you. At the same time you need to be flexible – as often plans change at last minute as late jobs come in or customers change their requirements.

How many days do you spend away on tour every year?

Tours vary in length from 2 to 11 days – depending on the arrangements. I probably do 2 tours a month – but as I have a young family I prefer day work. Many of the drivers do considerably more touring work than me and are constantly on tour during the summer months. The company is flexible and does try to give you the sort of work that you prefer.

What sort of coaches do you drive?

We have a modern fleet – the company has purchased 3 new coaches this year and all of the touring coaches are modern and up to date. The most frequent coaches are locally built Plaxton Panthers while the rest of fleet are Berkhof’s. The whole fleet is based on a Volvo Chassis and nearly all of them now are automatics. This makes them easy to drive, especially in heavy traffic conditions such as London.

Do you regularly go to places you have never been to before?

The work that we do is varied and we could be going anywhere. Even the most experienced coach drivers have to go somewhere that they have never been before. We often use Sat Nat systems to give us a helping hand in finding where we are going – but often a good old fashioned map is just as good as anything. A good coach driver needs a sense of direction, the ability to read a map and follow road signs. Often you will speak to another driver who has been to the place and he will give you a few pointers in how to get there. If you are good at the job your customers should never guess it is your first time visiting somewhere.

What are the good parts about the job?

Meeting people and building up a good working relationship with your customers. We meet a lot of regular travellers on our day trips and over the years you get to know them well. I also enjoy the driving and visiting places. If you take a group to a stately home or event you often get to have a look round for free – you can see some fascinating things that you wouldn’t necessarily have thought to visit off your own back.

Every job has a downside – what do you dislike about coach driving?

The traffic can be a real drag – especially heading into London at rush hour or getting stuck on the motorway when you need to catch a ferry. You have to be prepared to work weekends, early starts, late finishes and if you are on tour – being away from home. Only a certain type of person makes a coach driver and the most important quality is that you want to do the job.

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