05 Sep 2018
Congratulations to Ian Field who won Bus Driver of the Year this weekend at the national finals in Blackpool, with Anthony Quinn coming second!
Ian, who works at St Andrews garage as part of our Stagecoach East Scotland team, was one of 91 drivers who battled for the ultimate accolade for passenger transport professionals. He was among five Stagecoach employees to finish in the top 10 best drivers at the competition. Anthony Quinn from Stagecoach West came second receiving the runner up trophy, with Graham Hall, Stagecoach South East, finishing in 5th place, David Whitehead, Stagecoach East Midlands finishing 7th and Daniel Baines, Stagecoach Yorkshire who came 10th.
Ian received trophies and cash prizes after being named the competition’s overall winner as well as the best driver in Scotland and the highest rated Stagecoach driver. Having worked for Stagecoach for 10 years, he scored an incredible 1528 points out of a possible 1770
A total of 26 Stagecoach drivers took part in the national finals, after securing their places following tough regional heats across the UKIan is the third Stagecoach employee to win the title in the past six years, following the success of William Bradford from London in 2015 and Oxfordshire’s Gordon Cutting in 2013.
During the competition the 91 drivers from bus operators across the UK undertook a series of driving tests in a bid to win the Bus Driver of the Year title. Drivers are required to drive on a simulated route which can include any of the hazards normally encountered during their working day. The test is completed on both private and public roads and, as in ordinary operations, drivers are required to keep to schedule. All competitors are also required to complete a combined written test on the Highway Code and Driver CPC Knowledge.