Britain’s youngest bus driver passes test age 18 with no minors after being inspired by his father
Britain’s youngest bus driver passes test at age 18 with no minors after being inspired by his father – and the pair now compete over who’s better at the job
- Luke Brown, 18, is a qualified bus driver for National Express in Coventry
- He is excited to spend time with his fellow bus driver and father, Stuart Brown
Britain’s youngest bus driver is taking to the roads after passing his test with no minors at the age of just 18 after following in the footsteps of his father – as the pair now compete over who is better at the job.
Luke Brown, 18, is now a qualified bus driver for National Express in Coventry, West Midlands, and says he ‘loves everything about driving’.
He was inspired by his father, Stuart Brown, who has worked for the company for 20 years as a bus driver.
The 18-year-old said working with his dad would be one of the best things about the new job, along with helping people get around.
After completing his driver training, Luke passed his Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence for the first time and with no minors.
Luke Brown (pictured), 18, is Britain’s youngest bus driver as he is now a qualified bus driver for National Express in Coventry, West Midlands
A full-time driver in Coventry can earn £28,500 – even more with overtime.
Luke said: ‘I’m looking forward to spending more time on the road, helping more people get around and working alongside my dad, who has worked for the garage for the past 20 years.
‘Although, now there is a bit of competition between me and dad for who’s the better driver!
‘It feels great to have passed with no minors.
‘I put a lot of time and effort into practising for the test so it’s very satisfying to know my hard work has paid off.’
He added: ‘Having a supportive team around me has helped a lot.
‘During my training, no question was too silly and my instructor was calm and informative so I didn’t feel pressured at all, which I believe has really spurred on my development.’
Darren Dunbar, driver training officer at National Express Coventry, said: ‘To pass a PCV licence at 18 years of age and with zero minors is a major achievement.
Luke was inspired by his father, Stuart Brown, who has worked for the company for 20 years as a bus driver. Pictured: Luke with a fellow bus driver
‘Each year we have hundreds of drivers start training, out of these, only about two or three pass their test without fault.’
Mr Dunbar said the company were ‘not surprised by Luke’s result’ following his hard work and determination.
The training officer added: ‘He puts 100 per cent into everything he does and that definitely shows in his driving.
‘I’m really pleased for him, he’s a lovely guy and a great asset to the garage.’