Kingdom FM’s Breakfast presenter Vanessa Motion is training to become a bus driver with Stagecoach East Scotland.
Vanessa is one half of the Breakfast show with Dave Connor and is backing the local bus company’s drive to encourage more women to get behind the wheel.
Kicking off today on International Women’s Day, Vanessa has been challenged with undertaking – and passing – training for her PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) licence. The qualification requires trainees to undertake a medical, pass a theory test, classroom training, complete 30 hours of on the road training and pass a final exam carried out by an independent examiner.
If all goes well, by Saturday 19 May, Vanessa will drive a bus at Stagecoach East Scotland’s Dunfermline depot open day – celebrating 100 years of the bus garage.
Vanessa told RadioToday: “I am absolutely delighted that Stagecoach is offering me this opportunity to train as a bus driver with them. This is genuinely a childhood dream being fulfilled. I have wanted to do it ever since I saw the wheels go round and round.”
Stagecoach Operations Director David Frenz also said: “This is a great opportunity for us to highlight the vital role drivers play within our business and Vanessa will see first hand the rigorous training process our staff undertake. Although our workforce is still predominately male, we want to make more women aware of what a career with Stagecoach can offer them.
“We hope Vanessa’s experience will encourage other women looking for a career in the bus industry
and we wish her all the best with her upcoming training.”