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What kind of experience do you need to be a shuttle driver?

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Eloy:

I'd suggest you research the company to see what their requirements are. The following skills and qualities will be beneficial to a shuttle driver in achieving success on the job; employers also give more consideration to applicants for the position that show they have:

• Excellent customer service and communication skill: A shuttle driver needs more than good communication skill. He/she must be able to sustain meaningful conversation with onboard passengers. He/she must be calm and willing to help passengers
• He/she must be able to work in highly demanding environment. Also, he/she must be able to multitask and prioritize effectively while maintaining composure
• A valid commercial driver’s license and clean driving history is necessary to be a shuttle bus driver
• Hands-on experience driving shuttles or any kind of car – sedan, limo or bus is very much required by employers
• A good knowledge of traffic rules and regulations guiding the operation of shuttle drivers in that area is also necessary
• He/she must be willing to work flexible shifts. In addition, he/she must be comfortable staying away from his/her family and relations during weekends, festive periods, and early hours of the evening because these are the busiest times for shuttle drivers
• Basic math skill is also required for proper documentation of work details. Best of luck to you!

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Jim’s Answer

Hi Eloy...Many areas will require specific licenses or certification to transport persons for money. You should look into these types of requirements in your preferred location for shuttling. These can be local government specific. These roles often require long shifts seated, so make sure your mind and body are prepared! Good luck.

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Alma’s Answer

Hi Eloy,

It would depend on the company. If you are just getting started, you may want to look for companies who offer training or don't require any training just that you have a driver's license. I recommend you look at the job descriptions.

Here's job from a dealership in San Antonio, Red McCombs Ford. It looks like they just need to know the applicant drives a personal vehicle well, which is something one can show during an interview.