THE Green Bus has started a search for 50 bus drivers to get the West Midlands moving during the Commonwealth Games.
The buses are in high demand with rail operators and event organisers, both of whom are drawing up contingency plans to deal with the high levels of travel during Games time.
However, the bus sector is currently experiencing a chronic shortage of drivers following the impact of Covid-19.
As a result, the Birmingham-based bus operator is calling on anyone who has previously qualified as a bus driver to get in touch with them via a dedicated page on the company’s website, and is offering refresher training level to help former drivers get back into the driver’s seat.
Ian Mack, Managing Director of The Green Bus, said: ‘There are thousands of people in the UK with PCV driving licenses who are currently not in use, including retired bus drivers, students, railway personnel, police and firefighters.
“This is a unique opportunity for them to play a vital role in supporting the Commonwealth Games.
“We particularly want to hear from women and LGBTQ+ drivers, who are vastly underrepresented in the bus industry. »
Drivers working at The Green Bus over the 12 days of the Commonwealth Games can expect to earn up to £2,640, an average of over £200 per day.