The Bus Driver of the Year (BDoY) competition was first held in 1967 and become an annual national event - this year celebrating its 50th year. Blackpool has been the venue for National Final since 1982.
114 contestants competed this year, nine of them women. Brighton & Hove Buses & Metrobus had two women drivers representing them, Lynne being one of them (plus two male drivers) . Lynne finished 15th overall which is a great result and should hopefully encourage more women drivers to participate (usually less than 10% of entrants are women).
The competition consists of a PCV theory and CPC test - plus a practical test consisting of 10 obstacles.
Lynne started as a bus driver with Brighton & Hove Buses in January 2012 having visited Brighton from Australia the year before and fell in love with the city. In Australia, she used to work in customers services and had experience driving trucks, so when she came over to Brighton she decided she wanted to be a bus driver.
Four years later her sheer love of bus driving hasn’t waned, she regularly greets her customers with a sunny smile and a “G’day mate!”. She consistently goes above and beyond for her customers and is becoming a well-known and popular driver in the community. She's even been known to have a sing-a-long with them!
Quote from Lynne: "It was fantastic to take part in this national competition and to represent the company - and to finish top UK woman driver is amazing. I feel really proud and would like to thank all my colleagues for their support."