Stephensons of Essex has paid tribute to its award-winning bus driver by putting a full-length photo of him on the back of one of his regular buses on route 60 in Southend – an Optare Olympus bodied Scania.
Having won the Top National Bus Driver title in the UK Bus Awards, Trevor Owen’s bosses arranged for his achievement to be proudly proclaimed along with a larger-than- life picture of him holding his trophy.
Trevor, who has worked for renowned independent operator Stephensons for nearly three years, started working on the buses in 1980, and often drives service 60 between Southend and Canewdon. He was nominated by his regular customers, and was then subject to assessment by a UK Bus Awards mystery traveller.
Trevor said: “I was gobsmacked when I came in and saw the bus with me on it. It’s especially great to be ten feet tall, but people are starting to ask for my autograph when I go out shopping, which can be a trifle irritating.”
Stephensons managing director Bill Hiron commented: “Trevor is a worthy champion.”