First Aberdeen's Adam is UK Bus Driver of the Year 2017
First Aberdeen is celebrating after driver Adam Ksiazek took top spot at the UK Bus Driver of the Year 2017 finals.
Adam Ksiazek, 36, saw off competition from almost 100 other drivers to win the prestigious competition in Blackpool. It was a second year of success for Adam, who took fourth place in 2016 – the first time he had entered the competition.
The UK Bus Driver of the Year competition is a high-profile event in the bus industry. Finalists competing for the title Bus Driver of the Year are tested on all aspects of the profession, from practical driving skills to customer care and a theory test.
Father-of-two Adam, from Aberdeen, said: “It is amazing to win this competition. I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out as I didn’t think I had done as well as last year but when I saw my scores it started to sink in.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wife Monika, the guys from the First Group Training Academy and my colleagues at First Aberdeen. It has also been wonderful to receive messages of congratulations from drivers from other companies.”
First Bus celebrated even more success at the finals in Blackpool, with First West Yorkshire’s Michael Leech in second place and a total of six drivers in the top 20. More than a quarter of the drivers who made it to the finals were from First Bus.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of First Bus in Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Adam and we warmly congratulate him for taking first place in a challenging competition.
“Adam is an exemplary colleague and we’re thrilled with his success and that of our other drivers at the competition. This is testimony to their hard work, professionalism and technical proficiency.
“Our strong representation at this year’s finals is also a great tribute to the success of our industry-leading driver training programme.”
Pictured above: UK Bus Driver of the Year Adam Ksiazek.