A Chesterfield bus driver has been named as one of the best in Britain.
Daniel Baines, who works for Stagecoach in Chesterfield, was voted 10th at the national Bus Driver of the Year competition, held in Blackpool.
Daniel, aged 34, from Hady, was one of five Stagecoach drivers to finish in the top 10 of the prestigious competition for passenger transport professionals.
The overall Bus Driver of the Year title was won by Stagecoach East Scotland driver Ian Field. He is the third Stagecoach employee to win the title in the past six years.
Daniel, who has worked for Stagecoach for 4 years, said: “I’m extremely proud to have made the top 10 of this national competition. It was very challenging, but a great experience and I really enjoyed it.
“Working as a bus driver in Chesterfield is a very rewarding job. I love being out in the community, meeting new faces and helping local people get about for work or leisure.
“I would like to thank all my colleagues at the Stonegravels Depot for their help in supporting me to the national finals.”
A total of 26 Stagecoach drivers took part in the national finals, after securing their places following tough regional heats across the UK.
During the competition, the 91 drivers from bus operators across the UK undertook a series of driving tests in a bid to win the Bus Driver of the Year title.
They drive on a simulated route which can include any of the hazards normally encountered during their working day. The test is completed on both private and public roads.
Matt Davies, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “A big well done to Daniel for representing Stagecoach Yorkshire at this event. The competition was fierce so to make the top 10 in the country is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the skills of our drivers and the training they have received.”