First Bus gets into gear with new uniform

  • First Bus has launched a new driver uniform in West Yorkshire following feedback from its drivers
  • New uniform includes tailored blouses with modesty buttons for female drivers, a “sholo” (shirt meets polo) and bodywarmer, to help provide comfort for drivers

First Bus drivers across West Yorkshire will be seen travelling the roads in a brand new uniform after the company received feedback from employees that it was in need of a refresh to suit both male and female drivers.

The company recognised the need to update its uniform and provide all its drivers, females, in particular, with a more modern and comfortable wardrobe. It held a consultation with employees from across the country to find out how the uniform could be improved and female staff in particular commented on the need for an additional shirt.

In response to employee feedback First Bus has introduced an entire new wardrobe for its drivers, with top pieces including; tailored blouses for female drivers, body warmers, new “trainer” style shoes and an innovative “sholo” (shirt meets polo) top, with First Bus thought to be just the second company to introduce the new garment in the UK. The updated blouses for female drivers now includes hidden modesty buttons, which aim to help female drivers feel more comfortable.

Paul Matthews, Managing Director at First West Yorkshire, said: “Our drivers are our ambassadors, so it is important that they look the part. We have listened to feedback and we’re proud to be unveiling the new driver uniform, which has already been trialled in depots across the UK and has received positive feedback from drivers. Bus travel has changed dramatically in recent years and even more so in the diversity of drivers that can now be seen transporting our customers around the region, so we’re pleased that we have been able to update our uniform so that it can suit the needs of all our drivers.”