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Dunfermline driver impresses at the 50th annual UK Bus Driver of the Year awards

06 Sep 2016

A Stagecoach East Scotland bus driver has been awarded 10th place at this year's UK Bus Driver of the Year awards.

Dunfermline drivers, Brian Mackie and Stephen Fiddes represented Stagecoach East Scotland at the 50th annual finals held in Blackpool on the 3rd-4th September 2016. 

Brian Mackie completed the competition in 10th place overall and was the highest placed Stagecoach driver in the competition. Stephen Fiddes was placed 101st at the awards.

Drivers from bus operators across the UK were required to drive on a simulated route that include any of the hazards normally encountered during their working day in a bid to win the Bus Driver of the Year title, after securing their places following tough regional heats.  The test is completed on both private and public roads and all competitors are required to complete a combined written test on the Highway Code and Driver CPC Knowledge.

Brian from Dunfermline depot, was awarded 'Driver of the Year' at this year's Bus Driver of the Year competition within East Scotland for the third consecutive year and also won in 2008, showing his consistently high standard of work since joining the company 14 years ago.

Stephen, also from Dunfermline depot, joined the company 10 years ago and was the runner up for the local Bus Driver of the Year competition.

Mark Whitelocks, Operations Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "It's fantastic to see Brian and Stephen representing Stagecoach East Scotland at the UK Bus Driver of the Year awards. I would like to offer my personal congratulations to both drivers in doing so well in the local and final competitions. All our drivers go through intensive training in various aspects of the job so it’s great that they can be rewarded at events such as this for their hard work and commitment to providing excellent service, as well as general driving skills."