Victory at first attempt for Arriva London Bus Driver of the Year
Monika Siemienczuk from Arriva London's Stamford Hill Garage swept away with the winners trophy at their recent bus driver of the year event, held on Saturday June 7 at Beddington Farm garage.
With only two years driving experience, it was the first time Monika had entered the competition, which attracts over 100 entrants from across 15 Arriva London garages.
Monika, who used to be a teacher in Poland, said: "I didn't think I had done well at all because I was aware that I had made some mistakes. I'm really surprised, but delighted. I'm now looking forward to going to the UK bus driver of the year finals in Blackpool".
The competition which starts in March invites drivers to apply to be entered for the coveted title. Following their application a covert driving observation is made and drivers are scored on their driving ability and customer service skills.
Following the observations the top 40 drivers are invited to the final. There they undergo a rigorous programme of tricky driving manoeuvres and a written driver's knowledge test, which includes a section on the Highway Code. Penalty points are awarded for any mistakes that are made.
With only 590 penalty points, Monika beat her nearest rival by more than 100 points. Along with the title of "Arriva London Bus Driver of The Year" Monika received a trophy, a cheque for £350 and a £250 voucher for a weekend away.
The runner up was Brian Atrill from Croydon garage who scored 715 penalty points.
Published : Thu 2nd Nov. 2017 - Thu 16th Nov. 2017
This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, on 11th November, was an amazing cause for celebration, not only to welcome in the new Lord Mayor, but also to celebrate another year of Platinum giving by our wonderfully generous Payroll Givers.
This is a full time position in the Recruitment & Training departments of north and south London. Whilst predominantly based at Watson’s Road, Wood Green, the successful candidate will, on occasions, be required to visit and support the south London team based at Thornton Heath garage.
Route 175 operates with 16 double-deck vehicles from our Barking garage, with a twelve-minute frequency during the day. Route 103 operates from our Grays garage with 14 buses, with an eight-minute daytime frequency.
Preparations are complete for our display entry in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. The Arriva London theme again this year is to celebrate the enormous contribution our staff make to charities through the Payroll Giving scheme. With over 1,000 staff supporting over 160 charities every week, and over £1,000,000 having been given in the last five years.
The buses, which were recently on display on the South Bank opposite the Houses of Parliament, will be seen throughout London and the City until November 12th, as a mark of respect for the sacrifices made by London’s service men and women, past and present.