HOYER determines its "Driver of the Year 2010"

(PresseBox) ( Hamburg/Dormagen, )
For the third time, HOYER drivers from 17 countries gave a display of their skills at the competition "HOYER Driver of the Year". The idea behind this event is that, as an internationally operating transport and logistics company with a focus on hazardous goods, HOYER operates in a demanding and highly sensitive environment. The competition between its drivers is an important part of HOYER's corporate philosophy, seeking to maximise the safety of its road transport operations, protecting the health of its employees, and avoiding harm to the environment, while maintaining consistently high quality standards.

HOYER drivers displayed their skills in a range of disciplines, including an obstacle course, the vehicle pre-check, a test in coupling/uncoupling of trailers, a test in a simulator and a written test. Visitors to the competition also had the opportunity to take part in a range of events: a driving simulator and a crash test sledge demonstrated what it is like to drive a lorry, and the forces unleashed during a traffic accident.

At the evening dinner gala, the prizes were handed over by HOYER CEO Ortwin Nast. First place went to Morten Damgaard Jeppesen of HOYER Denmark, with David Glyn Hampson of HOYER England and Andrzey Rys of HOYER Poland following in second and third place.

Nast emphasised the fact that maintaining top safety, health, environmental and quality standards, or SHEQ for short, was a decisive element of HOYER's corporate strategy: "It is always people, but most of all the drivers, who take centre stage in our efforts." The "Driver of the Year" event was of central importance in promoting top standards, continuously improving on the high standards already in place. And the resulting success was noticeable: the statics for the transport operations revealed a welcome reduction both in the number of adverse events and the number of customer complaints.

According to Nast, the strong sensitivity rightly displayed in connection with transporting hazardous cargo had in recent years led to a sharp increase in the demand for drivers certified "Behaviour-Based Safety" (BBS). HOYER had responded by providing suitable BBS instruction and training courses. "We were able to see the positive results of our training courses first-hand here in Dormagen", Nast was pleased to note at the prize-giving ceremony. "I am deeply impressed by the level of the competition and the theoretical and practical knowledge displayed by our drivers."
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