Drivers ready for action

Action’s bus driver pool in Canberra just expanded with new graduates after an October 2010 recruitment drive

Drivers ready for action
Drivers ready for action

February 17, 2011

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has congratulated eight new Action bus drivers on graduating from their 19-day training program.

"We now have an additional seven males and one female joining our ACTION team as a result of the October 2010 recruitment drive," Stanhope says.

"The new drivers began work in time for the start of the new school term and will be operating from both the Belconnen and Tuggeranong bus depots."

During their training program, the new drivers were trained and tested in every aspect of bus operations including heavy vehicle defensive driving, customer service, route navigation, ticketing, assisting passengers with special needs, safety, security and emergency procedures.

The candidates had to possess strong customer service skills, have a full motor vehicle licence, be over 20 years of age and available to work within a seven-day week including night shifts.

During 2010, Action recruited and trained 59 drivers and will continue recruiting in 2011 to fulfil network delivery requirements.

Stanhope says Action provided Canberra with a safe, effective and accessible passenger transport service.

Action carries approximately 16.9 million passengers over 23 million kilometres per year, utilising an operational fleet of 427 route buses.

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