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AVOID­ING MI­NOR BUT AN­NOY­ING and ex­pen­sive im­pact dam­age has played an equally im­por­tant part of its bus driver safety train­ing, says Om­ni­plus – a brand of Daim­ler’s largest Euro­pean sub­sidiary EvoBus – which cel­e­brated its sil­ver ju­bilee of com­pre­hen­sive safety ed­u­ca­tion, it’s re­ported re­cently.

Since 1993 driv­ers have been trained in how to recog­nise and avoid haz­ards and ac­ci­dents, the or­gan­i­sa­tion states.

Twelve driv­ers took part in the first driver train­ing in spring 1993; to date around 18,000 driv­ers have com­pleted it, or­gan­is­ers say. Ex­perts are cer­tain that this train­ing has al­ready pre­vented ac­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

The bus is ac­cepted to be the safest means of road trans­port in Ger­many; only 1.4 per cent of all road ac­ci­dents with in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties in­volve buses. Trained bus driv­ers make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to this low pro­por­tion, it says.


Fast lane-chang­ing at high speed; emer­gency brak­ing; driv­ing in cir­cles on a skid­pan; wet down­hill gra­di­ent with a wa­ter ob­sta­cle; re­vers­ing around a 180-de­gree bend; a com­pet­i­tive test of skills – those tak­ing part in Om­ni­plus safety train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence a great deal, it’s stated. Many driv­ers dis­cover how buses be­have in haz­ardous sit­u­a­tions for the first time. The over-rid­ing ob­jec­tives are: recog­nis­ing haz­ards, avoid­ing haz­ards – and re­act­ing cor­rectly in ex­treme cases.

In 1993 Om­ni­plus was the first provider to cre­ate a safety train­ing course for bus driv­ers, it’s claimed. Since then, the ser­vice brand has trained an av­er­age of over 700 driv­ers each year in Ger­many, and last year the fig­ure was as high as 780 driv­ers. One of the high­lights was the safety train­ing for 1400 driv­ers of the trans­port op­er­a­tor Ham­burg-Hol­stein in 2004/2005, it states.

Since the start, Om­ni­plus has con­stantly ex­panded its safety train­ing and is di­vided into three prac­ti­cal cour­ses: ‘Ba­sicPlus for tour­ing coaches’, ‘Ba­sicPlus for city buses’, and the two­day ‘Pre­mium safety train­ing for tour­ing coaches’. Om­ni­plus even of­fers mo­bile safety train­ing cour­ses, and spe­cial train­ing for school bus driv­ers, it says.


“... only 1.4 per cent of all road ac­ci­dents with in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties in­volve buses.”

The fo­cus of the safety train­ing is on day-to-day prac­tice and is based on what ac­tu­ally hap­pens in ac­ci­dents, which is why the em­pha­sis is not only on dy­namic driv­ing ex­er­cises, but also on avoid­ing mi­nor but an­noy­ing and ex­pen­sive im­pact dam­age.

The spe­cific con­tents of the safety train­ing cour­ses de­pend on the train­ing lo­ca­tions and their fa­cil­i­ties.

The high level of prac­ti­cal con­tent is al­ways a spe­cial fea­ture of Om­ni­plus driver train­ing: the­o­ret­i­cal con­tent is in­te­grated into the prac­ti­cal driv­ing ex­er­cises, there­fore par­tic­i­pants spend a high pro­por­tion be­hind the wheel, Om­ni­plus says.


Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, Om­ni­plus now of­fers a full range of driver train­ing cour­ses. These in­clude: Ex­pert Han­dling

Train­ing - per­fects the bus han­dling skills of driv­ers in their own bus; Reg­u­la­tions and Dig­i­tal Con­trol In­stru­ments - cov­ers the com­plex reg­u­la­tions for driv­ing and rest­ing times; and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Train­ing - teaches con­fi­dent han­dling of con­flict sit­u­a­tions with pas­sen­gers.

The train­ing course Han­dling Pas­sen­gers With Re­stricted Mo­bil­ity cov­ers sen­si­tiv­ity in deal­ing with pas­sen­gers in this group, plus EcoTrain­ing is to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion and wear.

Emer­gency Train­ing teaches com­pe­tence in ex­treme sit­u­a­tions while the Fit­ness, Nu­tri­tion and Firstaid course height­ens the driver’s own body aware­ness and re­freshes first-aid knowl­edge.

All the train­ing cour­ses are recog­nised as fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion un­der Ger­man leg­is­la­tion cov­er­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of pro­fes­sional driv­ers.

Above: Bus safety plays a big part in Europe; in Ger­many, only 1.4 per cent of all road ac­ci­dents with in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties in­volve buses, it’s re­ported.

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