A RUNCORN bus driver has been crowned Road Safety Hero of the Year.

Richard Prescott has contributed to boosting other drivers’ skills, resulting in the town’s depot being one of the lowest-scoring for traffic incidents across Arriva.

Richard was given the award from Trakm8, a company which specialises in bus fleet technology.

He was described as being instrumental in fostering a road safety culture among his colleagues, leading by example, and significantly contributing to reducing speeding events.

Matthew Mort, road risk manager at Arriva Bus said: "Richard Prescott is a true Road Safety Hero, influencing not just new colleagues but existing ones, demonstrating immense improvements in safety standards within our depot.

“We are delighted Trakm8 has chosen Richard as the winner which is thoroughly deserved.”

But Richard’s impact goes beyond his role as a driver. He also serves as an in-depot trainer.

Mr Mort continued: “Additionally, he champions the vehicle telematics system, contributing to a 46% reduction in speeding events within the past year.

“ Richard plays a pivotal role as the in-depot trainer at Arriva Runcorn, where he imparts essential knowledge to new starters, covering routes, vehicle familiarisation, and enhancing driving skills.

“His coaching approach has yielded remarkable results, making Arriva Runcorn a leader in road safety, boasting one of the lowest road traffic incidents per new starter in the entire North West and Wales.

“The Runcorn depot also holds one of the lowest rates for road traffic incidents in the entire Arriva UK bus business.”

Nick Guise, group marketing manager at Trakm8 added: "Trakm8 is excited to celebrate drivers like Richard Prescott, showcasing their commitment to road safety.

“The Road Safety Hero search is an opportunity to champion road safety nationwide and honour those who go above and beyond to ensure the safety of our roads.”