Newport has ‘best bus drivers in the world’

South Wales Argus: WORLD BEATING: Newport bus drivers Harmesh Chand at the wheel WORLD BEATING: Newport bus drivers Harmesh Chand at the wheel

NEWPORT is home to some of the best bus drivers in the world according to a review by driver behaviour specialists GreenRoad.

Ten Newport bus drivers have been recognised among the world’s very best following an assessment of more than 71,000 drivers across the globe.

GreenRoad assessed drivers on the scores they achieved for driving over the last 12 months.

The assessment included all types of HGV and PCV drivers from countries including America, Germany, Belgium and Canada.

GreenRoad is an eco-driving system, which allows drivers to monitor how they are performing through special sensors fitted to their vehicles. These sensors report on each of the driver’s manoeuvres and through a red, amber and green light system on their dashboard tell them whether they are driving too harsh or too quickly.

The system has allowed Newport Bus to reduce the amount of fuel it uses through more economical driving.

Hundreds of companies across the world use GreenRoad and each year it measures how more than 71,000 participating drivers have performed, with the top 5 per cent joining its prestigious Fleet Elite.

Newport Bus drivers Andy Watt, Royston Moon, Harmesh Chand, Kevin Smith, Paul Orum, Mark Howells, Krzysztof Kwarcianny, David Daniell, Raymond Steven and Gary Wong have all been recognised as being in the elite group.

Managing director, of Newport Transport Scott Pearson said: "This is such a fantastic achievement for all the drivers concerned. To be recognised amongst the world’s best is something very special indeed.

"We introduced GreenRoad technology to our buses so that we could reduce our CO2 emissions and make our buses even more enjoyable to travel in. The fact our bus drivers have been recognised in this way is a privilege we are very proud of."

Andy Cozens, GreenRoad Senior Consultant, said: "It really is a tremendous achievement for the drivers who achieved the fleet Elite status at Newport Bus.

"It’s been just over 12 months since the launch of the system at the company and to maintain the incredibly demanding scores required to achieve the Fleet Elite standard, in what is one of the most demanding types of driving environments, demonstrates how skilled these drivers are.

"They are amongst the very best, which is something they should be very proud of."

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3:56pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Mr Bump. says...

They are the most miserable group of people i have to endure, as i go about my daily buisness. Cheer up Newport Bus Drivers, please.
They are the most miserable group of people i have to endure, as i go about my daily buisness. Cheer up Newport Bus Drivers, please. Mr Bump.
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4:04pm Tue 26 Feb 13

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Rubbish Mr Bump, I've always found them an ok bunch.
It's always fun to see the look on non - locals faces when us Newportonians say " thanks drive' " when we get off, they are amazed that we bother to thank the driver.
Keep up the good work lads.
Rubbish Mr Bump, I've always found them an ok bunch. It's always fun to see the look on non - locals faces when us Newportonians say " thanks drive' " when we get off, they are amazed that we bother to thank the driver. Keep up the good work lads. lowandhardandinthecorner
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4:57pm Tue 26 Feb 13

jonathan25 says...

I think Newport would take being the best at anything right now!
I think Newport would take being the best at anything right now! jonathan25
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5:57pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Teacher1977 says...

I use Newport Buses every day and have rarely had any complaint. Well done, Newport Bus, IRS good to have some good news about Newport for a change!
I use Newport Buses every day and have rarely had any complaint. Well done, Newport Bus, IRS good to have some good news about Newport for a change! Teacher1977
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6:37pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

………they maybe towards their passengers…..but there are some who ….as professional drivers….don’t know which lane to get into at the Old Rising Sun/Harlequin roundabout on Malpas Road/Shaftsbury Street.
Regularly their buses get in the left hand lane marked for Lyne Road (McDonalds)……yet come around in the outside lane that is there for traffic coming from the direction of the M4…..towards the Old Green roundabout….headin
g back to the bus depot.
………they maybe towards their passengers…..but there are some who ….as professional drivers….don’t know which lane to get into at the Old Rising Sun/Harlequin roundabout on Malpas Road/Shaftsbury Street. Regularly their buses get in the left hand lane marked for Lyne Road (McDonalds)……yet come around in the outside lane that is there for traffic coming from the direction of the M4…..towards the Old Green roundabout….headin g back to the bus depot. Dave on his Soapbox
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6:39pm Tue 26 Feb 13

sugar2002ukuk says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
They are the most miserable group of people i have to endure, as i go about my daily buisness. Cheer up Newport Bus Drivers, please.
Wow such a sweeping statement for such a large amount of drivers you must use the bus a lot.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: They are the most miserable group of people i have to endure, as i go about my daily buisness. Cheer up Newport Bus Drivers, please.[/p][/quote]Wow such a sweeping statement for such a large amount of drivers you must use the bus a lot. sugar2002ukuk
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7:54pm Tue 26 Feb 13

pwharley says...

Harmesh Chand used to drive the Tesco Free Bus (before it ceased) and was a friendly, helpful driver.
He was always willing to assist passengers with their bags when they got on or off the bus.
You can now find him on the City Circular routes 4 and 5!
Harmesh Chand used to drive the Tesco Free Bus (before it ceased) and was a friendly, helpful driver. He was always willing to assist passengers with their bags when they got on or off the bus. You can now find him on the City Circular routes 4 and 5! pwharley
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8:03pm Tue 26 Feb 13

mark656 says...

You got to be joking they are a load of....... Il let you fill in the blanks total joke
You got to be joking they are a load of....... Il let you fill in the blanks total joke mark656
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9:25pm Tue 26 Feb 13

mvaone says...

They should learn how to pull up and reverse off a stand without making a complete mess of it,on several occasions I have watched them reverse out without a thought for other buses in the station.Also in cwmbran they block the station and road up just because the satnd has another bus on meaning we can't get off the bus.
They should learn how to pull up and reverse off a stand without making a complete mess of it,on several occasions I have watched them reverse out without a thought for other buses in the station.Also in cwmbran they block the station and road up just because the satnd has another bus on meaning we can't get off the bus. mvaone
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9:19am Wed 27 Feb 13

Severn40 says...

All in all, I do think Newport Bus provides a very good service. The new double deckers are particularly nicely finished. Compare that with the standard Stagecoach offering.

One major grumble, if any, is that services drop off after 6pm. This is a pain if you are working and don't leave work before 6pm.
All in all, I do think Newport Bus provides a very good service. The new double deckers are particularly nicely finished. Compare that with the standard Stagecoach offering. One major grumble, if any, is that services drop off after 6pm. This is a pain if you are working and don't leave work before 6pm. Severn40
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9:55am Wed 27 Feb 13

Llanmartinangel says...

jonathan25 wrote:
I think Newport would take being the best at anything right now!
Indeed. Until someone organises a contest for councillor's with the lowest IQ but still able to breathe unsupervised. We'd be front runner for that too.
[quote][p][bold]jonathan25[/bold] wrote: I think Newport would take being the best at anything right now![/p][/quote]Indeed. Until someone organises a contest for councillor's with the lowest IQ but still able to breathe unsupervised. We'd be front runner for that too. Llanmartinangel
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10:11am Wed 27 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

Severn40 wrote:
All in all, I do think Newport Bus provides a very good service. The new double deckers are particularly nicely finished. Compare that with the standard Stagecoach offering.

One major grumble, if any, is that services drop off after 6pm. This is a pain if you are working and don't leave work before 6pm.
They are a business. Demand drops after rush-hour so they would be losing money ferrying you around whenever you want.

On the whole though the service offered is more than adequate.
[quote][p][bold]Severn40[/bold] wrote: All in all, I do think Newport Bus provides a very good service. The new double deckers are particularly nicely finished. Compare that with the standard Stagecoach offering. One major grumble, if any, is that services drop off after 6pm. This is a pain if you are working and don't leave work before 6pm.[/p][/quote]They are a business. Demand drops after rush-hour so they would be losing money ferrying you around whenever you want. On the whole though the service offered is more than adequate. smokintheweed
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10:41am Wed 27 Feb 13

Lliswerry Man says...

Agree with the poster above who says we say Cheers Driver or Thanks,and in the whole they are a great bunch of drivers.

I do however disagree with smokeintheweed, they are a business yes to provide a service for the residents of the CITY, but not all residents are fortunate to have the same services provided by them, in a time when Governments and Local Councils are telling us to use Public Transport its a bit of a farce comment in certain parts of Newport, whose last bus is 6pm, so for a LOT of us who live in these areas we just add to the daily congestion, as we have no choice but to take a car or car share as some of us do. The Buses need to "recheck" their routes and test how many people would use the services... when was the last time they checked, especially now when Newport is becoming an almost 24/7 set up... the buses are lacking and not keeping up with the demand. Maybe an opportunity for some private enterprise here.
Agree with the poster above who says we say Cheers Driver or Thanks,and in the whole they are a great bunch of drivers. I do however disagree with smokeintheweed, they are a business yes to provide a service for the residents of the CITY, but not all residents are fortunate to have the same services provided by them, in a time when Governments and Local Councils are telling us to use Public Transport its a bit of a farce comment in certain parts of Newport, whose last bus is 6pm, so for a LOT of us who live in these areas we just add to the daily congestion, as we have no choice but to take a car or car share as some of us do. The Buses need to "recheck" their routes and test how many people would use the services... when was the last time they checked, especially now when Newport is becoming an almost 24/7 set up... the buses are lacking and not keeping up with the demand. Maybe an opportunity for some private enterprise here. Lliswerry Man
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10:53am Wed 27 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

Lliswerry Man wrote:
Agree with the poster above who says we say Cheers Driver or Thanks,and in the whole they are a great bunch of drivers.

I do however disagree with smokeintheweed, they are a business yes to provide a service for the residents of the CITY, but not all residents are fortunate to have the same services provided by them, in a time when Governments and Local Councils are telling us to use Public Transport its a bit of a farce comment in certain parts of Newport, whose last bus is 6pm, so for a LOT of us who live in these areas we just add to the daily congestion, as we have no choice but to take a car or car share as some of us do. The Buses need to "recheck" their routes and test how many people would use the services... when was the last time they checked, especially now when Newport is becoming an almost 24/7 set up... the buses are lacking and not keeping up with the demand. Maybe an opportunity for some private enterprise here.
They are a business and their business is making money. They do not owe you anything. They will do you no favours and nor do I expect them to.
[quote][p][bold]Lliswerry Man[/bold] wrote: Agree with the poster above who says we say Cheers Driver or Thanks,and in the whole they are a great bunch of drivers. I do however disagree with smokeintheweed, they are a business yes to provide a service for the residents of the CITY, but not all residents are fortunate to have the same services provided by them, in a time when Governments and Local Councils are telling us to use Public Transport its a bit of a farce comment in certain parts of Newport, whose last bus is 6pm, so for a LOT of us who live in these areas we just add to the daily congestion, as we have no choice but to take a car or car share as some of us do. The Buses need to "recheck" their routes and test how many people would use the services... when was the last time they checked, especially now when Newport is becoming an almost 24/7 set up... the buses are lacking and not keeping up with the demand. Maybe an opportunity for some private enterprise here.[/p][/quote]They are a business and their business is making money. They do not owe you anything. They will do you no favours and nor do I expect them to. smokintheweed
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1:51pm Wed 27 Feb 13

displayed says...

Newport has ‘best bus drivers in the world’

Cant say I've noticed!!
Newport has ‘best bus drivers in the world’ Cant say I've noticed!! displayed
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3:27pm Wed 27 Feb 13

KarmaSuitsYa says...

They may have the best drivers but I'm afraid it's all for nothing when the bus service itself is so dreadful. Their pricing structure sucks, their routes suck, the buses are always late or frequently just don't turn up at all, and the modernisation of their fleet is woefully behind other operators in the area.

I reverted back to being a car user last year because I couldn't run my life around one of the worst services I've ever come across in the whole of the uk.
They may have the best drivers but I'm afraid it's all for nothing when the bus service itself is so dreadful. Their pricing structure [or lack of it] sucks, their routes suck, the buses are always late or frequently just don't turn up at all, and the modernisation of their fleet is woefully behind other operators in the area. I reverted back to being a car user last year because I couldn't run my life around one of the worst services I've ever come across in the whole of the uk. KarmaSuitsYa
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3:43pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Woha, steady like. We had back in the day that sleezey bus driver who wrote all them love poems like!!!!
Anyhows if you had to drive our nippers and workshy around town , you wouldnt be all smiles like.
All in all , well done boyz and girls
Woha, steady like. We had back in the day that sleezey bus driver who wrote all them love poems like!!!! Anyhows if you had to drive our nippers and workshy around town , you wouldnt be all smiles like. All in all , well done boyz and girls Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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5:12pm Wed 27 Feb 13

heresphil says...

Which other local operators have a more modern fleet? Certainly not Stagecoach where only ONE route serving Newport (the 151) has had new buses in the last five years. The others have to put up with all sorts of second hand unreliable old crates. Cardiff Bus has their modern double decks but Newport has invested more in its single deck fleet over the last couple for years and now we have the lush new double decks which are more than welcome on a busy route lile the 30.

Well done to the drivers who I always find friendly and helpful.

Although if NCC contemplate selling off the bus company (which may be a financial necessity in the next two or three years) it remains to be seen how long this state of affairs lasts.
Which other local operators have a more modern fleet? Certainly not Stagecoach where only ONE route serving Newport (the 151) has had new buses in the last five years. The others have to put up with all sorts of second hand unreliable old crates. Cardiff Bus has their modern double decks but Newport has invested more in its single deck fleet over the last couple for years and now we have the lush new double decks which are more than welcome on a busy route lile the 30. Well done to the drivers who I always find friendly and helpful. Although if NCC contemplate selling off the bus company (which may be a financial necessity in the next two or three years) it remains to be seen how long this state of affairs lasts. heresphil
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5:19pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Severn40 says...

smokintheweed wrote:
Severn40 wrote: All in all, I do think Newport Bus provides a very good service. The new double deckers are particularly nicely finished. Compare that with the standard Stagecoach offering. One major grumble, if any, is that services drop off after 6pm. This is a pain if you are working and don't leave work before 6pm.
They are a business. Demand drops after rush-hour so they would be losing money ferrying you around whenever you want. On the whole though the service offered is more than adequate.
I fully understand the fact they are a business and run services in the evening and on Sunday when companies such as Stagecoach wouldn't even think about it without public subsidy. My point is that if you finish at 5-30pm (which is quite common), the 6pm threshold makes the bus less convenient. I think a 6-30pm threshold would work for those on standard employment hours.
[quote][p][bold]smokintheweed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Severn40[/bold] wrote: All in all, I do think Newport Bus provides a very good service. The new double deckers are particularly nicely finished. Compare that with the standard Stagecoach offering. One major grumble, if any, is that services drop off after 6pm. This is a pain if you are working and don't leave work before 6pm.[/p][/quote]They are a business. Demand drops after rush-hour so they would be losing money ferrying you around whenever you want. On the whole though the service offered is more than adequate.[/p][/quote]I fully understand the fact they are a business and run services in the evening and on Sunday when companies such as Stagecoach wouldn't even think about it without public subsidy. My point is that if you finish at 5-30pm (which is quite common), the 6pm threshold makes the bus less convenient. I think a 6-30pm threshold would work for those on standard employment hours. Severn40
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6:45pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Winston0909 says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
Rubbish Mr Bump, I've always found them an ok bunch.
It's always fun to see the look on non - locals faces when us Newportonians say " thanks drive' " when we get off, they are amazed that we bother to thank the driver.
Keep up the good work lads.
Lowandhardandintheco
rner, spot on. I moved to london a few years back from newport and still say 'thanks drive' when getting off the bus, i get some strange looks mind
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: Rubbish Mr Bump, I've always found them an ok bunch. It's always fun to see the look on non - locals faces when us Newportonians say " thanks drive' " when we get off, they are amazed that we bother to thank the driver. Keep up the good work lads.[/p][/quote]Lowandhardandintheco rner, spot on. I moved to london a few years back from newport and still say 'thanks drive' when getting off the bus, i get some strange looks mind Winston0909
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2:20pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Serpent_terror says...

Who are they kidding I was on a bus in Newport a few weeks ago when an old man was getting up ready to get off the bus and the driver hit the breaks and the old man fell over hit his head and the driver never even asked if he was ok just drove off.
Who are they kidding I was on a bus in Newport a few weeks ago when an old man was getting up ready to get off the bus and the driver hit the breaks and the old man fell over hit his head and the driver never even asked if he was ok just drove off. Serpent_terror
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8:52pm Fri 1 Mar 13

philgwent says...

Nice to see Newport bus drivers dressed smart, Stagecoach drivers are like Benny in Crossroads, they are often unshaven and look as if they have'nt washed for months.
Nice to see Newport bus drivers dressed smart, Stagecoach drivers are like Benny in Crossroads, they are often unshaven and look as if they have'nt washed for months. philgwent
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8:10am Sun 3 Mar 13

hpj123 says...

just try a day in there shoes see it from there side you wont be saying half the stuff then.you wont last the day.car drivers some good some bad bus drivers more good then bad.1.60 try going on a stagecoach bus for same distance 1.60 you wont get far.3.50 allday ticket that gets passed on and on and on value i think.try stoping at a bus stop when cars parked in them making phone calls who don't care about no one.
just try a day in there shoes see it from there side you wont be saying half the stuff then.you wont last the day.car drivers some good some bad bus drivers more good then bad.1.60 try going on a stagecoach bus for same distance 1.60 you wont get far.3.50 allday ticket that gets passed on and on and on value i think.try stoping at a bus stop when cars parked in them making phone calls who don't care about no one. hpj123
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11:13am Sun 3 Mar 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Winston0909 wrote:
lowandhardandintheco

rner
wrote:
Rubbish Mr Bump, I've always found them an ok bunch.
It's always fun to see the look on non - locals faces when us Newportonians say " thanks drive' " when we get off, they are amazed that we bother to thank the driver.
Keep up the good work lads.
Lowandhardandintheco

rner, spot on. I moved to london a few years back from newport and still say 'thanks drive' when getting off the bus, i get some strange looks mind
'Thanks drive'? How the long winter evenings must simply fly by.
[quote][p][bold]Winston0909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: Rubbish Mr Bump, I've always found them an ok bunch. It's always fun to see the look on non - locals faces when us Newportonians say " thanks drive' " when we get off, they are amazed that we bother to thank the driver. Keep up the good work lads.[/p][/quote]Lowandhardandintheco rner, spot on. I moved to london a few years back from newport and still say 'thanks drive' when getting off the bus, i get some strange looks mind[/p][/quote]'Thanks drive'? How the long winter evenings must simply fly by. Llanmartinangel
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7:58pm Sun 3 Mar 13

LouisHumphrey says...

Stagecoach South Wales are awful! I'll be lucky to see one every 30 mins, not every 10 minutes like they advertise
Stagecoach South Wales are awful! I'll be lucky to see one every 30 mins, not every 10 minutes like they advertise LouisHumphrey
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5:56pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Carrot's says...

Thank goodness I don't have cause to use public transport - it sounds absolutely ghastly.
Thank goodness I don't have cause to use public transport - it sounds absolutely ghastly. Carrot's
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7:22pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Big Bus Driver says...

Carrot's wrote:
Thank goodness I don't have cause to use public transport - it sounds absolutely ghastly.
It would be a lot worse for us drivers if you did use the service, having you on a bus would wipe the smile from any driver.
[quote][p][bold]Carrot's[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness I don't have cause to use public transport - it sounds absolutely ghastly.[/p][/quote]It would be a lot worse for us drivers if you did use the service, having you on a bus would wipe the smile from any driver. Big Bus Driver
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11:58am Tue 5 Mar 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Carrot's wrote:
Thank goodness I don't have cause to use public transport - it sounds absolutely ghastly.
I tried one once in Oxford when my car got locked in a car park. Did you know there is no first class?
[quote][p][bold]Carrot's[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness I don't have cause to use public transport - it sounds absolutely ghastly.[/p][/quote]I tried one once in Oxford when my car got locked in a car park. Did you know there is no first class? Llanmartinangel
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