The purpose of this website is to introduce operators, the media and the public to the BDoY Competition, to explain the various processes through which drivers reach the National Final, and to describe events during the weekend in Blackpool.
The UK Bus Driver of the Year for 2014 is Jonathan Welch, from First Aberdeen.
The National Final of the UK Bus Driver of the Year Competition took place in Blackpool on Sunday 14th September. Amongst the 119 entries from operators large and small, the overall winner was Jonathan Welch from First Aberdeen. Jonathan received a £1,000 cheque from ROSCO, the Road Operators’ Safety Council who were sponsoring the BDoY top prize for a second year. He also received the Unite Trophy plus £500 from Unite the Union and was awarded the John Boxall Medallion as national champion (John founded Bus Driver of the Year in Coventry in 1967). A further £500 was awarded to Jonathan along with the FirstGroup Trophy as highest-placed competitor from FirstGroup, the Coventry Trophy donated by Coventry Road Accident Prevention Council and £50 accompanied by the Joe Mackie Shield as best placed driver from Scotland.
Runner-up was Peter Mascall from First Cymru, receiving £750 with the Compak Ramps Trophy and £250 from the Rail Maritime & Transport Workers’ Union. Peter was additionally the second highest-placed FirstGroup competitor, winning £250 and both the best placed Welsh competitor, collecting the Donald Macdonald Shield and £50 and the finalist with the best Highway Code Test result winning the Wrightbus Shield and £100 in cash.
In third place was Phil McAvoy of First South West, winning the Volvo Bus & Coach Cup plus £500 and the Best Impressions Trophy with £250 – with a further £50 and the Giles Fearnley Shield for being the best placed English competitor. Phil had finished in fourth place in 2013.
In Fourth place was Daniel Wilton from Stagecoach Manchester, who collected the RouteOne Trophy and £250, the Voyager Alliance Cup and £250 along with the Stagecoach Trophy and a further £500 for the highest placed Stagecoach competitor.
James Staggs of Go-Ahead London was fifth, picking-up the Vix Technology Trophy and £150 and the McKenna Shield with £100. James also collected the Go-Ahead Trophy with £500 for the highest placed Go-Ahead competitor and the London Buses Cup with a further £500 for the highest placed competitor from London.
Our congratulations go not only to the 5 competitors mentioned here, but to all the other 114 remaining National Finalists who have all done both themselves and their companies proud.
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