End of the road for bus driver

Will miss the early starts

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Last hurrah . . . Ian Brady, of Pleasant Point, retired from bus driving on Friday, more than 35 years after he got his passenger licence. PHOTO: RACHAEL COMER

by Rachael Comer

Ian Brady has driven his last bus route.
The 78-year-old’s passenger licence expired last Friday, bringing to an end more than 35 years driving buses in the region, mostly for the Pleasant Point Rugby Football Club.
It was a sad day, he said.
“I will miss getting up early to take the players around.”
Employed as a truck driver, Mr Brady, affectionately known as “Ike” to his friends, has had a long association with the Pleasant Point Rugby Football Club.
About 35 years ago, the club was having trouble getting drivers to transport players to and from away games.
Mr Brady, and three other men, put their hands up and sat their licence on the same day.
He had been the only one still driving for the club.
Since obtaining his licence, he has transported club members throughout the region and had had a lot of fun, he said.
“I’ve also driven buses for schools, charter buses, tour, ski trips, other rugby clubs and the fire brigade.”
The decision to retire had been made as he had become more aware of the fact he was driving expensive vehicles and driving up to 50 people at a time.
The cost of renewing his licence had also increased each time, and he was also required to undergo a medical examination.
“I have said for the past three years ‘I’ll retire this year’ and then this year I have just let the licence go.”
He said he would still continue to support the Pleasant Point Rugby Football Club.
“I am the patron.”