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Driver competes from Virginia to California

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Bay Transit bus driver Ronnie Ryals is preparing to go to Palm Springs, California to compete in the National Community Transportation Roadeo after winning first place at the state-level.

The annual competition tests drivers’ skills with a focus on safe operations and passenger sensitivity. Ryals is the only Bay Transit driver to ever win first place.

Before going to the state competition, Bay Transit holds a company-wide competition. Ryals was one of the two finalists who qualified to proceed.

This year’s state competition was held in Williamsburg. Like the upcoming national competition, it consisted of a written safety exam, a wheelchair securement task, a pre-trip inspection and an obstacle course.

In addition to being deemed the Virginia’s top body-on-chassis driver, Ryals also won first place for five of nine obstacles on the driving course.

“I was blown away by that,” said Ryals. “I thought I did well but I didn’t know I did that well. That was pretty humbling.”

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 5/1/19