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What Is a Motor Coach Operator and How to Become One

Motor Coach Operator

What Is a Motor Coach Operator?

A motor coach operator provides transport services for passengers using a bus, motor coach, or another similar vehicle. Your job duties in this career may include driving passengers on set routes or operating your bus on charter trips or in partnership with a tour company. In addition to acting as a driver, your responsibilities could include loading luggage and transporting goods to deliver on your route. As a motor coach operator, you often need to work long hours and stay overnight during an intercity or interstate trip.

How Can I Become a Motor Coach Operator?

Educational qualifications for this career include a high school diploma or GED certificate. The most vital requirement is a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL). You need a class B CDL license with a special endorsement for passengers. Some motorcoach companies require previous driving experience. You may gain these skills by driving smaller passenger vehicles or driving large vehicles such as a delivery truck or a school bus. Coach drivers may need to pass a physical administered by the Department of Transportation or an approved physician before they can start driving.