Appreciation for drivers

Bus Driver Appreciation Day will be held this month to acknowledge the work drivers undertake

Commuters are being encouraged to celebrate Bus Driver Appreciation Day this month by thanking their local drivers.

The day will be celebrated on March 18 which is when it is believed bus service is to have debuted in Paris in 1662. 

Youngs Bus Service, based in Rockhampton, Queensland, is one operation which is planning to celebrate the day.

Marketing business support officer Melissa Anderson says the day is set aside to thank the tireless work of bus drivers around the world.

"Young’s believe it’s important to acknowledge the hard work by bus drivers because they connect us from home to work, home to school and home to recreational activities when we don’t, can’t or won’t use a car," she says.

"Bus drivers are a very important part of our community and how our community functions.

Bus Driver Appreciation Day was conceived in 2009 by some thoughtful riders in Seattle.

"We think it’s a great way to honour the many hard-working bus drivers who keep us all moving every day."

The operation takes part in this day to encourage the community to thank their bus driver every day, and has some activities planned for both staff and the community.

"Bus Driver Appreciation Day is a positive experience for staff too as they feel appreciated from management and the community," says Anderson.

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