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Motorcoach Driver with Over 2 Million Safe Driving Miles Selected for National Safety Honor!

A long-time Peter Pan Bus Lines driver has earned national recognition for his skills and lengthy safe driving record.Phillandor Knight based out of the Secaucus, NJ location for the New York Division of Peter Pan Bus Lines was selected from among numerous qualified nominees from across the country as the 2024 American Bus Association Motorcoach Driver of the Year. Click here to view the award criteria.Peter Pan Bus Lines takes home driver of the year award 2024 thanks to driver Phillandor KnightKnight is only the fifth person to be recognized with this award, which was created to recognize drivers who go above and beyond their duties in service to their company and fellow drivers while providing safe travel to passengers across the nation.With over 2.1 million safe driving miles logged in his career, Phil is known not only for his considerable driving skills, but also for his exemplary customer service. Up to this point, he has safely transported over 600,000 passengers to their destinations, and this count continues to grow. Starting each day with a smile, a positive demeanor, and impeccably dressed, Phillandor consistently embodies the qualities of an exceptional motorcoach operator.The team at Peter Pan Bus Lines presented several deserving candidates for this award and there were several other considerably worthy candidates to choose from. Phil embodies Peter Pan’s guiding motto “Pride in the Ride”. Internally, he is an advocate for our brand, leadership initiatives and our technology, including vocal support of our ELD Driver Scorecard, driver monitoring systems and he is a well renowned driver trainer.Phillandor‘s positive attitude and outstanding professionalism extend beyond his achievements to his role as a mentor for new drivers embarking on their careers at Peter Pan Bus Lines. Actively engaged in our driver training program, Phil goes above and beyond to impart invaluable knowledge and skills to the next generation of motorcoach operators, truly going the extra mile. His expertise surpasses the miles traveled on the road, establishing him as a reliable resource for new drivers seeking guidance.The award was announced during the opening general session of the Winter Meeting of the Bus Industry Safety Council, the oldest and premier safety organization for the motorcoach industry. The event was held in conjunction with the annual ABA Marketplace event on January 15, 2024 in Nashville, TN during the largest gathering of motorcoach operators in North America. Over the course of his career, Phil has earned several safe driving awards at Peter Pan Bus Lines, as well as winning recognition from the National Safety Council for 2 million safe driving miles and 25 yearof accident-free driving.Phillandor Knight is a remarkable driver consistently demonstrates professionalism through both demeanor and appearance on a daily basis. He prioritizes the safety of passengers and the public, embodying the characteristics of a truly professional motor coach operator” said Chris Crean, Vice President of Safety & Security.This award is sponsored by Motor Coach Industries (MCI) to honor the people who make the industry run.Phillandor Knight American Bus Association Driver of the Year

“Motorcoach drivers are the face and backbone of our industry,” said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso. “They deliver millions of passengers safely each year to their destinations and provide top notch customer service. They are truly the representatives of our member companies that our customers always see and become the face of the operating company to them. People always remember their driver and the experience they had with them on a trip.” In light of the ongoing driver shortage that many motorcoach companies are currently facing, providing an incentive to potentially help with recruitment or retention is another benefit that the American Bus Association can offer its members and the industry.

The American Bus Association is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Created by the ABA’s Women in Buses Council, Driving Force is a program designed to tackle the nationwide driver shortage by providing industry operators tips and tools to recruit and retain their most valuable asset: Drivers. Click here to learn more.

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