Training Bus

Training Buses are buses from various transport operators (SBS Transit, SMRT, Tower Transit & Go-Ahead Singapore) that have been delegated to driver training duties. Some Public Transport Operators (PTOs) choose to allocate a small number of buses specifically for full-time training use; however, regular service buses can also be used.

Driver training encompasses a few disciplines. In its most basic form, drivers are trained for the basic operation of buses before they can acquire their license. During the training phase, specialized training buses are used. These buses are usually modified from their revenue service counterparts, with additional L-plate holders (which indicates under instruction), safety cameras mounted on the bus exterior, additional driver assistance systems, and an additional seat fitted on the aisle beside the driver’s cab for the driving instructor. These additional features are not compulsory; ordinary revenue service buses can also be used as training buses when not deployed on the roads.

At the end of basic training, Bus Captains working for public bus companies receive an Omnibus Driver’s Vocational Licence, valid only while the holder is an omnibus driver employed by a Public Transport operator (namely SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Buses Ltd, Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd or Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd).

Apart from basic training, bus and route familiarization may also utilize training buses. Firstly, for bus familiarization, Bus Captains require familiarization training before they can operate new bus models, and this form of training does not require specially-retrofitted training buses. As for SBS Transit and SMRT, Bus Captains who have had several years of rigid bus driving experience can also undergo training for the operation of double-deck and/or bendy buses, which require additional care while handling.

Next, route familiarization trains drivers on existing or new bus routes, ensuring that they are familiar with the route before the drivers can be assigned to revenue service. It can be conducted with or without the need for dedicated training buses. Sometimes, route familiarization can be conducted whilst on revenue service (with an accompanying member of staff).


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5 thoughts on “Training Bus

  • 6 September 2021 at 6:39 PM

    With only 2 packages left for SMRT,It would be better if SMRT can sell a few buses to private operators.

    Just leave 2 A22 & 2 OC for KJDEP.
    4 A22 & 3 Citaro for WLDEP.

  • 15 August 2020 at 3:01 PM

    SBST & SMRT need to scrap DD training with the exception of three doors DDs and bendy trainings.
    They should follow Europe style that any 12m vehicles should be drivable for any BCs just like what TTS & GAS doing.

  • 9 May 2020 at 2:18 AM

    Strangely many Hougang depot training buses transfer to various depot particularly Ang Mo Kio.Maybe early preparation in case they lose out Sengkang-Hougang package

    • 15 May 2020 at 5:15 PM

      Nope. It’s because drivers who used to live in the west part have to come all the way to HGDEP, which is North East, for training. As such, SBST decides to just re-locate TRG buses throughout their depots.

      I believe it’s part of their COVID-19 measures to prevent new drivers crowding at HGDEP for training.

      Anyways, it might be re-located back to HGDEP after COVID-19, or just remain as it is. HGDEP is way overcrowded with buses such that HGINT often house un-used buses (Particularly A95s from service 660 and 672)

      • 15 August 2020 at 2:59 PM

        Could be,but again i heard there’s East & West training centre which Hgdep(Bbdep/Sldep/Updep) is west and Sedep(Amdep/Bndep/Brbp) will be east.If you’re based at Bndep you will still need to report at Sedep.


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