Five years safe driving medal, 1959
- Object Number: STKMG:2019.LH.91.4
- Simple: medal
- Other Name: road safety medal
- Production Place: Birmingham
- Production Place: England
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- Production Organisation: Fattorini & Sons Ltd (manufacturer)
- Summary: Five years safe driving medal, 1959. Issued to Reginald Johnson (1914-1988) during his carerr at Potteries Motor Traction Ltd. Presented in a cardboard box with lift-off lid. Medal is triangular in shape with a profile of a seating driver in the centre, surrounded by the inscription, 'Road Operators' Safety Council, 5 Years Safe Driving'. The ribbon is dark red with a lighter-red pattern of overlapping triangles. The top suspension brooch is inscribed in relief, '1959'. Medal and suspension brooch marked on reverse, "Fattorini & Sons Ltd, 36 Barr Street, B'Ham".
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- Additional Notes: Reg had a long career at PMT, starting in 1930 in the garages. During the second world war he was asked to become a driver, a role in which he continued until the end of his career. He never quite earned his 50 year service, retiring due to ill health after serving 49 years and 11 months.
- Additional Notes: He received regular plaudits about the quality of his driving and customer service. In a letter to PMT dated 11th August 1959 one customer remarks, "I must refer to our driver, Reg Johnson. By the first stop on Monday morning he had become 'one of the party' and his interest in his work and his announcement of places of interest en route added the finishing touches to a well planned, effortless and reliable holiday".
- Additional Notes: Reg had a very good safety record, almost blemished in an incident when he tried to drive his double-decker bus under Stoke Railway Bridge. His conductor warned him just in time!
- Additional Notes: He also made a story for the Evening Sentinel as he was convinced he sighted a UFO whilst driving his bus through Werrington.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery