Excellence is the by-word and the aim as always is to identify and reward the best operators and people in the coach, bus and minibus sectors.
Among the 16 categories there are 11 for operators and five for people, while the Environment Award acknowledges initiatives taken by an operator that have resulted in measurable benefits.
However, the road to success starts with nominations invited from manufacturers, dealers and suppliers during March and April.
It’s only through nomination that an operator stands any chance of being a finalist. However, nominations for the ‘people’ categories – i.e. Coach Manager, Bus Manager, Coach Engineer, Bus Engineer and Special Award – are welcome either from third party recommendation by manufacturers/dealers/suppliers, or direct from their employer.
All nominees are asked in May to complete an entry form with information that enables the panel of judges to determine the shortlists. These finalists are then invited to submit detailed supplementary information before the final decisions on the winners are made.
Shortlisting of the finalists follows in June/July, and the final judging takes place in August.
In the event of the judges needing further evidence, they arrange to either visit or interview finalists.