How to Enter
During January each year, bus companies will receive details of the forthcoming competition, including dates and entry fees, together with an application form.
If you haven't received your pack, or you are new to the competition, please contact our Competition Secretary, Paul Mackay on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07827 936787.
Each year we also produce a poster that can be put up on staff noticeboards and used to promote the National Final.
At this stage, operators need only decide the number of drivers they wish to enter for the National Final in order to return the application form and the entry fee. Companies will then receive an information pack to enable them to proceed with selection of their best drivers. In view of the high demand for places in the Final, which are limited, companies are urged not to delay in submitting their applications, which must in any event be received by the BDoY Competition Secretary, Paul Mackay, no later than the end of April.
Drivers of local bus and inter-urban express services such as National Express and Green Line are eligible to compete if they have been employed as a driver, (not necessarily by the same company,) since 1st September of the year preceding the competition, and during the same period have not been involved in an accident for which they are in any way at fault, have not been absent from work for any period exceeding fourteen weeks continuous duration, and have no live endorsements on their licences. BDoY seeks to reward full-time drivers who exercise their skills throughout the year, and it is therefore also a requirement that a driver works at least three full shifts per week in order to qualify for entry to the competition.
The selection of the best drivers in a company should comprise, as a minimum, an in-service assessment of driving and customer care skills and a written test on the Highway Code and legal responsibilities. Some companies choose to take into account such factors as personal and in-service timekeeping, complaints and compliments, adherence to company regulations and smartness of dress.
Some operators organise a more comprehensive selection process along the lines of the BDoY final, incorporating both on- and off-road driving tests, and such companies are welcome to contact the BDoY Operations Director or their BDoY Regional Adviser for guidance, BDoY does not exclude would-be entrants whose employers are unable to organise the full recommended seeding process. Assistance in setting up a local competition is available from your regional BDoY representative.
All entrants to the competition must have the support of their employer. BDoY does not accept independent entries.
Proceeding to the Final
Having selected their best drivers and notified the BDoY Competition Secretary of their names, each company BDoY organiser and individual driver will receive a timetable for each competitor theory and driving test for the National Final weekend.
Assistance to the Competing Companies
All paperwork for the event is handled by the Competition Secretary. Operators may also seek advice from their Regional BDoY Adviser on any aspect of the competition. Listed in the Contact Us section are telephone numbers which companies may find useful. BDoY has the support of all the major bus groups, and as the industry’s leading road safety and skills competition, the BDoY National Final is the ideal opportunity for operators to present their best drivers to the public and to afford them the chance to win valuable prizes and claim the accolade of 'UK Bus Driver of the Year'.