Double Decker Driving School is a documentary series for ITV that
focuses on the ultra-competitive world of trainee London bus drivers.
With 20 applicants for every place on the intensive six-week course, the
bus drivers' school promises to be a gateway to a steady salary and a
virtual job for life. First, however, the prospective drivers must learn
how to safely negotiate a ten-ton bus through London's overcrowded
The trainees are filmed from the first moment they sit behind the wheel
of a bus through a set of increasingly complex manoeuvres designed to
test their abilities to the limit.
Those who make it through the early stages then face the toughest
assessment of all – their bus driving test, a 90-minute examination.
This will determine if the trainees have what it takes to achieve their
dreams, and make it as a bus driver.
If they pass this ultimate test, then every crash, every stall, and
every heart-in-mouth emergency stop over the six weeks has been worth
Runtime: 30 minutes
Double Decker Driving School - Bristol VR - Netflix
The Bristol VR is a rear-engined double-decker bus chassis manufactured
by Bristol as a competitor to the Leyland Atlantean and Daimler
Double Decker Driving School - Bodies - Netflix
Like most Bristol buses, most VR's were bodied by Eastern Coach Works.
However some were bodied by Alexander, East Lancs, Metro Cammell
Weymann, Northern Counties and Willowbrook of Loughborough. Willowbrook
bodied VR's for various customers like East Kent, Northern and Cardiff.
Notable users of the VR outside of the National Bus Company (NBC)
included the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive who took 200 on
MCW bodies in 1970s, Liverpool Corporation Transport/Merseyside
Transport who combined took approximately 120 in total all on East Lancs
bodies in separate batches in the late 1960's and mid 1970's and various
Scottish Bus Group, municipal bus companies and independents like A
Mayne & Son, Burnley & Pendle, Cleveland Transit, City of Cardiff,
Lincoln City Transport, Northampton Transport, Reading Transport and
Tayside Regional Council. The ECW body was distinctive for its rounded
rear upper deck, a feature carried over from the ECW bodywork on the
Bristol Lodekka and having its roots in ECW's styling on the Bristol
K-type in the 1940s. The vehicles were typically constructed in the two
heights set in the bus grant standards, 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m) and 14 ft 6
in (4.42 m), mostly Bristol Omnibus, Ribble, Northern and Maidstone &
District. Other versions were built, including 13 ft 5 in (4.09 m) for
City of Oxford Motor Services, and the 14 ft 2 in (4.32 m) height
allowed under later versions of the grant specification along with the
13 ft 10 in (4.22 m) convertible open-toppers for companies such as
Hants & Dorset, Southdown and Devon General.
Double Decker Driving School - References - Netflix