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UK's Youngest Bus Driver Says It's The Job He's 'Always Wanted'

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UK's Youngest Bus Driver Says It's The Job He's 'Always Wanted'

A teenager has become the UK's youngest bus driver after landing the job he's 'always wanted to do'.

Kraish Symes, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, secured a role with regional operator Transdev after passing his bus licence exam on the first attempt last month.

The 18-year-old previously worked in a discount store for nearly two years, but when the opportunity to land his dream role came up, he went for it - and hasn't looked back since.

He said: "The people I meet are all happy and friendly and I'm just glad to be here for them.

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"This is the job I always wanted to do."

Kraish loves chatting to passengers. Credit: Alamy
Kraish loves chatting to passengers. Credit: Alamy

Of course, bus drivers play a very important role in our society, but it isn't a dream job for most people. So why then was Kraish so drawn to it? Well, if you like driving and chit chat, there isn't really a better gig out there.

Kraish explained: "Every day is different, and the best part of it is making someone's day with a smile or a quick chat when they get on my bus.

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"I'm enjoying every single minute."

He continued: "I'd worked in a discount store for almost two years when I decided to make this change into bus driving, and I've never looked back since.

"I enjoy driving, plus the customer service skills I learned behind the till are helping me now to look after people on my bus.

"I'm usually on the Otley Dash route – we're the local bus in and around Otley and already I'm getting to know my regular customers every day."

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Kraish has become the UK's youngest bus driver. Credit: SWNS
Kraish has become the UK's youngest bus driver. Credit: SWNS

As for becoming a record-breaker, Kraish said he owes a lot to his driving instructor Barry Dean - and he actually could have become the country's youngest bus driver even sooner.

He said: "Barry is a brilliant instructor and has helped me make it to where I am today.

"I'd have qualified even sooner, but we had to wait three times longer than usual to get my licenses and test date set up through the DVSA."

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Kraish is now part of The Keighley Bus Company - part of the Transdev group - and general manager Alan Isherwood is hoping more youngsters will follow in his footsteps.

Alan said: "There’s no better time than now to join us. Kraish did it - and so can you.

"Our drivers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and they all have one thing in common - they all care passionately about giving amazing customer service."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Daily Ladness

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