Welcome to the UK Bus Driver of the Year website.

We are delighted to announce that the date of the 2016 National Final, our 50th, will be held in Blackpool on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th September.

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.

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The UK Bus Driver of the Year for 2015 is William Bradford, from Stagecoach London. 

The National Final of the UK Bus Driver of the Year Competition took place in Blackpool on Sunday (6 September) and among 117 entries from operators large and small the overall winner was William Bradford from Stagecoach London, who was taking part in BDoY for the first time. William, 22 and from Bromley Garage, received £1,000 from the Road Operators’ Safety Council, who generously added £600 to this sum to mark sixty years of ROSCO in 2015. He also received £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). Two further £500 awards go to William as highest-placed finalist from the Stagecoach Group and from a company operating for Transport for London. As best competitor from a bus garage in England, he received a further £50 accompanied by the Giles Fearnley Trophy.

Runner-up was Tomasz Jagiello from McGill's Buses. He received £750 with the Compak Ramps trophy and £250 from the Rail Maritime & Transport Workers’ Union. Tomasz was additionally highest-placed finalist from an independent operator, winning £500 and the Wrightbus Trophy, and best competitor from a depot in Scotland, winning the Joe Mackie Shield and a £50 award. He also scored the lowest number of penalty points in the Highway Code Test, winning £100 and the Wrightbus Shield.

In third place was Leon Wells from Ipswich Buses - who was UK Bus Driver of the Year in 2008 - winning the Volvo Bus & Coach Cup plus £500 and the Best Impressions Trophy with £250 and a further £500 for being highest-placed finalist from an ALBUM member company.

Luke Towey from First South Yorkshire, winning £500 and the FirstGroup Trophy as best-placed finalist from a First company, the "Route One" Trophy and £250 plus the Voyager Alliance Cup and a further £250 finished in overall fourth place.

David Cameron-Young of the Oxford Bus Company was fifth, picking-up the Vix Technology Trophy and £150 plus the McKenna Shield with £100 and a further £500 with the Go-Ahead Trophy as best-placed finalist from that group.

Our congratulations go not only to the 5 competitors mentioned here, but to all the other 112 remaining National Finalists who have all done both themselves and their companies proud.

Our Mission Statement -

"By pleasurable competition, to raise the standard of passenger care and
comfort, to increase the skills of drivers engaged in local and inter-urban
road passenger carrying operations, and to promote pride in carrying out
those duties.".

For a link to our main sponsor, ROSCO please click here,