Described as the biggest replacement investment in the company’s history, the Hoyer Group has taken delivery of more than 500 new sustainable trucks.

The transport and logistics service provider said it had invested around €42.7m in the trucks which will transport mineral oil, chemical products and gases throughout Europe.

Four of the new truck models will even be operated using an alternative LNG engine.

The trucks, supplied by MAN, Scania, DAF and Volvo, are fitted with new-generation engines that offer added value regarding economic efficiency and sustainability.

“The safety of our drivers and of other road users has top priority. We transport highly sensitive goods every day, and consider it our duty to reduce risks and dangers to the absolute minimum,” said Rudolf Schumacher, Fleet Manager of the Hoyer Group.

“Thanks to our fleet’s innovative safety equipment, we more than satisfy the legal requirements and set standards in the sector.”

“Moreover, we emphasise the continuous instruction and further education of our personnel. We regularly and intensively train our drivers on the topic of safety in the framework of classroom training sessions and online training courses.”

Another part of the comprehensive safety equipment is an active turning assistant to assist drivers when making turns.

A camera with a wide-angle lens mounted on the passenger’s side transmits the blind spot to a monitor in the driver’s cab during turning manoeuvres.

In addition, an alert sound gives a warning of the presence of other road users such as cyclists or pedestrians during turning movements.

Furthermore, the trucks are fitted with an alcohol lock connected to the ignition switch, which allows the truck to be started only after carrying out a breath test.

For the first time, a panic button has been installed in all trucks which the driver can manually operate in an emergency. An alarm is then triggered in the Order Planning office.