BDoY council determined 2021 event goes ahead
Although the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the reluctant cancellation of the 2020 National Final of the Bus Driver of the Year (BDoY) scheduled for 6th September, the organisers are determined to have the competition up and running next year.
At a recent Zoom meeting the BDoY Council confirmed 5th September 2021 as the date for the next National Final. Mindful of the challenges currently faced by the industry, they also agreed that the high-profile event should not only celebrate the high-levels of professionalism common among the nation’s bus drivers, but it should also serve as an occasion to remember those drivers who lost their lives to the virus, while paying tribute to the NHS and all other key workers.
BDoY Chairman Joe Mackie said: “Bus Driver of the Year has the support of all the major bus groups, and as the industry’s premier road safety and skills competition, the 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’.”
For 2021 the event will be based at the iconic Imperial Hotel on Blackpool’s North Promenade. In a normal year around 100 finalists take part.
Mr Mackie said: “Having welcomed royalty, politicians, statesmen and stars of both the stage and screen over the years, it is fitting that the hotel will host the nation’s top bus drivers and provide a backdrop to an appropriate tribute to all in the industry who kept services running through the pandemic, while also remembering those who lost their lives.”
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