With deep regret the organisers of the Bus Driver of the Year (BDoY) competition announce the cancellation of the event for the second year in succession. However, a date for 2022 is confirmed.
The COVID-19 pandemic meant the 2020 National Final could not go ahead and the ongoing uncertainty regarding social distancing together with the challenges faced by the industry has resulted in the 2021 event scheduled for 6th September also being cancelled.
At a recent Zoom meeting the BDoY Council confirmed 11 September 2022 as the date for the next National Final, which will be based at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool.
BDoY Chairman Joe Mackie said: “Although we planned to hold the event in 2021, the devastating consequences of the pandemic have combined to present too much uncertainty for an event that not only attracts 500 people to a dinner and results presentation but requires regional heats to be held at a time when operators are battling to come to terms with unpredictable staff absences, changing travel patterns and the National Bus Strategy.”
“Bus companies need all their management energies and cash reserves to rebuild healthy businesses.”
“If we were to promote an event this Autumn it would inevitably be a shadow of its former self. It is far better to aim for a strong professional relaunch in 2022.”
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 2022 the event will be based at the iconic Imperial Hotel on Blackpool’s North Promenade. In a normalyear around 100 finalists take part.
For further information contact Operations Director/Vice Chairman Keith Fieldhouse – [email protected]
About the Bus Driver of the Year
The BDoY event has its origins in a Coventry Corporation road safety competition first held in 1967 and organised by John Boxall MBE, who is now the Honorary President of BDoY.
In the following few years, more bus operators joined the event, and by the mid-1970s, it had become a truly national competition. Blackpool has been the venue for the National Final since 1982.
The detailed planning and administration of the event, which is now regarded as the premier skills competition in the bus industry, is in the hands of the BDoY Board of Directors.