‘Safest’ bus drivers are honoured

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SOME of South Yorkshire’s most reliable bus drivers have been honoured for keeping passengers safe.

Stagecoach handed certificates to 14 drivers based at the company’s Barnsley and Rawmarsh depots who have not had an accident in the last five years.

Those honoured at the event, at the Ardsley House Hotel, in Barnsley, included Fred Wood, Melvin Hill and Robert Pitts from Barnsley depot and William Lovell from Rawmarsh, who have all clocked up more than 30 years’ service.

Other drivers receiving awards were Michael Brooke, Ian Roddis and David Newson, from Rawmarsh and Malcolm Harvey, Tony Ingham, Stewart Bacon, Brian Souter, Keith Elliott, Ian Browne and Daniel Lawrence, from Barnsley.

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We place great emphasis on safe driving because it is the most important contribution we can make to our service for passengers. The presentations underlined our ongoing commitment to provide the highest possible standards for customers.”

Another 20 members of staff received certificates at the event after completing an NVQ course which covers everything from Stagecoach policies and procedures to customer service and disability awareness.