Bath driver is one of the Britain's best busmen
A Bath bus driver has been named as one of the best in the country after finishing as a runner-up in a national competition.
Andy Evered, who lives in The Oval, came fourth in the national Bus Driver of the Year 2012 contest.
The 50-year-old has been working for company First for 25 years.
The experienced driver saw off competition from 92 other drivers from companies all over the UK.
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His reward was to come away with a total of £550 in prize money as well as the Optare trophy and the Go Skills Cup.
The Bus Driver of the Year competition is held in Blackpool each year and is intended to recognise and celebrate the skills of the best bus and coach drivers in the UK.
Drivers are tested on all aspects of the profession, from practical driving skills to customer care and a 30 question theory test.
Mr Evered has had success in the competition many times before.
He said: "It was a really enjoyable day.
"I am really pleased to have made it into fourth place out of so many great drivers."
He was congratulated on his achievement by First's service delivery director for the West and Wales Allen Parker, who said everyone was very proud.
He said: "Andy is a brilliant driver and all the team in Bath are delighted with his success.
"To have come fourth in this hotly-fought competition is a significant achievement. We are very proud, and the people of Bath are lucky to have such a capable and competent driver."
Justin Davies, the company's regional managing director, added: "As a national competition with drivers coming from many different companies, the Bus Driver of the Year Awards are great for promoting high standards amongst our drivers all year round. It is fantastic to see Andy do so well."