Transdev’s ‘youngest ever bus driver’ takes the wheel

Kraish Symes Otley Bus Station

Kraish Symes has become Transdev’s youngest ever qualified bus driver at just 18 years of age.

Kraish, who previously worked in a discount store, qualified through Transdev’s dedicated training facility The Academy, where he was schooled by instructor Barry Dean. Delays at DVSA meant he had to wait “three times longer than usual” to get his licences and test date organised.

But now, Kraish is Barry’s first successful pupil and joins the team at The Keighley Bus Company, where his route is usually the Otley Dash.

“I’m enjoying every single minute,” Kraish says. “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.

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

“The people I meet are all happy and friendly and I’m just glad to be here for them. This is the job I always wanted to do. Barry is a brilliant instructor and has helped me make it to where I am today.”

Alan Isherwood, General Manager at Transdev, hopes more young people follow in Kraish’s footsteps and start a career in driving.

“There’s no better time than now to join us,” says Alan. “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.”