Bus Driver of the Year 2023Drivers put through paces in annual competition at Ingliston

Our Bus Driver of the Year 2023 took place yesterday (Thursday 25 May) at the Royal Highland Centre, with 17 drivers from across the Lothian group being put through their paces.

The annual competition allows drivers from across the Lothian group to test their skills through a variety of challenges which include a theory test, obstacle course and road drive.

The sun shone on what was a brilliant opportunity for participants to catch up with colleagues based at different garages, and enjoy a delicious lunch provided by Lothian’s catering team.

The results from the competition are as follows:

EastCoastbuses (Overall Winner) Thomas Gilhooley
Edinburgh Bus Tours (Overall Winner) Flavio Amaral
Lothian Country (Overall Winner) Corin Morse
Lothian (Overall Winner) John O’Hara
Garage of the Year East Coast Buses
3rd Place Thomas Gilhooley
2nd Place Gary Black
1st Place John O’Hara
L-R: John O'Hara, Gary Black and Thomas Gilhooley.

John, Gary and Thomas will now go on to take part in the UK Bus Driver of the Year National Final which will be held in Blackpool later this year.

Sincere thanks go to everyone involved in making the day such a success, to our stakeholders for coming along and in some instances trying their hand at the course themselves. Team Lothian wish our finalists the very best of luck for the UK-wide competition.