What I don't understand about bus companies is the fact that they are allowed to "self examine" and hand out PCV licences as they please. No attending the local test centre required, just the opinion of the in house trainer is required. If a standard car licence holder turned up for a job at Stobarts or Wincuntans asking for a job he'd be shown the door.
Also, how come a manual HGV licence holder passing his PCV test in an auto bus will be given a manual PCV entitlement but it doesn't work the other way when a PCV holder wants to drive a truck?
It's because buses don't tend to have 16 speed gearboxes with range change and splitter. if you've only ever driven a straight 5 or 6 speed box it can take some getting used to. going from a 6 speed to something like an eaton twin split would be pretty damn hard work (this is a crash box where each gear is split into three. the clutch is 2 stage and acts as a transmission brake and is used mostly for starting and stopping- gear changing is accomplished by moving the selector, lifting off the throttle and waiting for the clunk. downchanges the same but you dip the clutch and rev em up to get it in gear)
having said that, to find a new wagon with a manual gearbox these days is rare, they all seem to have gone to autos as standard with a manual box an extra cost option. some are good, some not, Scania's for example is dire.