Young in age, wise in stature

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This smart Plaxton Elite-bodied Volvo B11R is Matt’s allocated coach. It is seen here at this year’s UK Coach Rally. GARETH EVANS

One of Damory’s young coach drivers, Matt Vivash, talks to CBW’s Dominic Ward about his experiences as a coach driver

Twenty-one years old. Typically the age that most young people are trying to work out what they want to do in life. But this wasn’t the case for one of Damory’s coach drivers; Matt Vivash.

At 21 years old, he’s at the younger end of the spectrum for coach drivers. Initially, Matt started out doing local bus and school runs, before moving on to coaches and the longer drives as he’s got older. But what he lacks in age, he more than makes up for in experience, wisdom and, most importantly, pride in his work.

The age is a point that Matt mentioned to me: “A few times on rail replacements, some passengers have asked me ‘can I see your licence please? I don’t believe you’re old enough to drive!’ Most of them say it in a joking way, but one person looked at me and I thought he wasn’t going to sit down if I didn’t give him my licence!”

Ever since Matt was young, he’s always wanted to drive coaches and admits that, having driven both buses and coaches, he’s “a coach man through and through.”

I caught up with Matt to find out more about how he got into the industry, what his role sees him doing, what his aspirations are for the future, and to see what makes him tick.

Matt standing beside his favourite coach – the Plaxton Elite

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