The National Final of the UK Bus Driver of the Year (BDoY) competition will take place in Blackpool on Sunday, September 9, and entries are now being invited from operators which have regularly supported the competition and especially from those which have not previously taken part.
Joe Mackie, chairman of the UK Bus Driver of the Year Association, which organises the competition, said that the 2012 National Final marked forty-six years of BDoY which was first run in 1967 as a local contest in Coventry and subsequently grew into a national event. “We are especially keen to encourage smaller companies to take part – and those new to the bus business”, he added. “BDoY is there for all operators – large or small, whether independently or municipally owned or part of a PLC”.
Last year’s overall winner, and UK Bus Driver of the Year 2011, was Derek Wright from First Cymru, who will be trying to retain his title in the face of stiff competition from drivers who are entered in the 2012 National Final.
Entry forms have been sent to all companies which have previously participated in the competition, but operators who would like to become involved are invited to contact the competition secretary, Bill Holmes, on 01303 251462 or email him at bdoy@btinternet. com