Bus Driver of the Year called off for 2020

The Bus Driver of the Year is among the latest in a growing list of events to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.


Although the national final was not due to take place in Blackpool until 6 September, the competition’s council members have recognised the challenges currently facing the industry and have made the reluctant decision not to hold it this year.


Typically, regional heats are organised in the months before the finals, and while operators across the country are reducing services typically to Saturday or Sunday frequencies and reduced hours of operation, they face the risk of staff contracting the virus and imperilling the remaining services being provided primarily for essential workers.


The BDoY council says it is determined to resume the event in 2021 and it has reassured operators that entry fees for this year will be reimbursed.


This follows yesterday’s announcement that the UK Coach Rally, also in Blackpool — on 18/19 April — has been cancelled. Sop have the Commercial Vehicle Show at the National Exhibition Centre later this month and the inaugral ITT Hub transport technology exhibition at Farnborough in May.

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