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28 Aug 2017
Local bus drivers have been put through their paces in an attempt to represent Stagecoach at the national Bus Driver of the Year competition. In order to be in the running, drivers had to sit a driving assessment and multiple choice question paper that included questions on the Highway Code and their legal responsibilities.
This year, the first place winner in the companies competition goes on to represent Stagecoach Bluebird in the national final in Blackpool on the 2nd and 3rd September. Local driver Roland Armbruszt, who is based at Ballater depot, won the company competition and is looking forward to the national event. Roland, who lives in Ballater, has worked for the company for over 3 years and finds his job driving a rewarding one.
Roland is well known for his exceptional customer care skills and was recently in the position where a bus passenger had alighted the bus forgetting their bicycle was stored in the luggage locker. When he realising what had happened, Roland quickly unloaded the bicycle from the storage locker and cycled after the customer to return their push-bike.
However, bicycles aren't the only thing Roland has returned. In 2015 Roland had been driving through Milltimber when he spotted a toddler running alongside the road with no parent in sight. Immediately stopping the bus Roland wanted to make sure the child was safe, he still couldn't see any sign of who the young boy was with. Just before the police arrived the child's parents appeared looking for their son who had managed to open a locked gate getting on to the pavement.
Commenting on his win, Roland said: "I'm looking forward to attending the finals in Blackpool next month. I never expected to win the local competition and I'm excited and proud to go to Blackpool to represent the company."
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "Stagecoach have always been well represented in this competition which gives our drivers the chance to display their driving and customer care skills. We congratulate Roland on his achievement and wish him every success in the final stage of the competition."