Best drivers honoured

New South Wales has honoured its best drivers with the annual awards

Best drivers honoured
From left Bob Barwick, Steven Cruickshank, Wolfgang Nelson, Greg Lake, and Fergus Gammie

New South Wales best bus drivers have been honoured at the BusNSW Bus and Coach Driver of the Year Awards.

Executive Director Darryl Mellish says the awards were established to recognise three individuals for their outstanding contribution to the NSW Bus and Coach Industry on an annual basis.

"It is important to recognise the best drivers in our industry – those who exhibit a positive and cooperative attitude towards their passengers and always drive safely," he says.

"It has been a lengthy search to find our best bus drivers for 2013, and we thank all the passengers and bus operators who participated in the nomination process, and of course our sponsor Mobitec-Thoreb for supporting the Awards."

The Awards are divided into three categories - the Metropolitan and Outer-Metropolitan Bus Driver of the year, Regional and Rural Bus Driver of the year, and Coach Driver of the year.

Manager for Industry Development Matt Threlkeld says the awards – which have been running for seven years – allow the industry to acknowledge the positive feedback drivers receive from the community.

"With the NSW Government’s focus on customer experience it is a good opportunity to give the industry’s frontline staff recognition for what they do on a daily basis," says Threlkeld.

Transport for NSW’s Transport Services Division Deputy Director General Fergus Gammie, and Bob Barwick, or Mobitec-Thoreb, helped present the awards at the BusNSW Annual General Meeting on February 20.

2013 BusNSW Bus and Coach Driver of the Year Award Winners

Coach Driver of the Year: Wolfgang Nelson, Premier Illawarra

Metropolitan/Outer-metropolitan Bus Driver of the Year: Steven Cruickshank, Port Stephens Coaches

Regional & Rural Bus Driver of the Year: Greg Lake, Lake Brothers 

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