Bus Driver of the Year 2022Posted on Oct 13, 2022
We were proud to sponsor the prestigious Bus Driver of the Year Awards 2022 in Blackpool at the beginning of October!
Business Development Officer, Delyth Williams and Vice President, Graham Jones, represented Voyager Alliance at the event in Blackpool. “Voyager Alliance Credit Union is proud to support the UK bus industry by providing an invaluable, free staff benefit to improve financial resilience and wellbeing for all drivers and all supporting staff” said Delyth.
Blackpool has been home to the National Bus Driver if the Year Finals since 1982. Delyth was pleased to present each of the 300 finalists with one of our hand-crafted ‘good luck’ packs, as a mementos of their tremendous achievement. Each pack contained information about Voyager Alliance, what we do and our services to members along with a torch, pen and notepad to remind the drivers of their success during the competition!
“It is great that we make it so easy for staff to save and borrow with us and the BDoY Awards raised great awareness of this to the drivers, their managers and the rest of their teams. I met some great people over the weekend, and got to talk all about what we do and I was thrilled to give each competing driver a good luck pack and some goodies!”
The Bus Driver of the Year event originally begin as a road safety competition first held by Mr John Boxall MBE who is now the Honorary President of Bus Driver of the Year. As the competition grew, more bus operators joined the event, and by the mid 1970s, the Bus Driver of the Year Awards had become a national competition!
Reflecting on the event, Delyth said “A highlight of the weekend for me was attending the briefing of the competition with the finalists. I was able to wish everyone good luck individually and then over the rest of the weekend, they would recognise me and would come and chat to me while they weren’t competing.”
“I was taken back by the seriousness of the competition, with exams on the laws of bus driving and the finalists were even tested driving vehicles from different companies and the marshals had their tape measures at the ready!”
“The pinnacle of the weekend was the awards ceremony.” Stagecoach took home first place, runner-up and third place, with Michael Evans been crowned UK Bus Driver of the Year 2022. Michael drives for Stagecoach South Wales at its Porth Depot, where he has worked for 5 years since changing career from car sales!
“The event is prestigious, and the competition was outstanding so huge congratulations to everyone involved! We’re already looking forward to the awards in 2023 and sponsoring this monumental Bus driver calendar event once again!”
See you next year Bus Driver of the Year!
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