HOYER Petrolog – driver of the year

Group board director Mark Binns presents the winning driver Michael Williams with his prizes
Driver technician Michael Williams has been crowned HOYER Petrolog’s top driver of 2018.  Based with the Petrolog Fleet at Stanlow in Cheshire, Michael, who received a £2250 Red Letter Day prize, has worked for HOYER for just over three years.
Last month 14 drivers representing each of the company’s major UK contracts* were invited to the finals which took place at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire where Sigma Studies partnered HOYER in creating the event.

*Total Bitumen Immingham, BP Titan, Puma Glasgow, Esso Purfleet, Shell Thames, Esso Immingham, Shell Billingham, Esso Stanlow, Petrolog Fleet Stanlow, Multifleet Immingham, Shell Killingholme, Petrolog Fleet Morley, Petrolog Fleet South East and BP Stanlow.

To qualify for a place, drivers competed over a period of eight months from April to December 2017.  Those with the highest safety & efficiency scores – taken from the vehicle’s on-board truck computer – along with a faultless safety and service performance, represented their contract and terminal in the competition.
In second place was South East-based driver, Stuart Honour with Morley-based Derek Dawson in third place.
“At HOYER the focus is on delivering the highest quality of service while maintaining an outstanding level of safety performance,” said HOYER Petrolog operations director Allan Davison
“We’re proud of the standards that every one of our 1000 plus drivers achieve on the UK’s roads every day and this competition, to find the safest and most efficient driver within the fleet, showcases this commitment.
“A growth in HOYER’s customer base in the past year saw the competition grow with the addition of driver technicians from our contracts with BP and PUMA, bringing the number of locations to 37 and the finalists from 10 to 14.
Skid control, rollover prevention, defect spotting, steering wheel control and slow speed manoeuvres were among the skilled driving elements under scrutiny at Bruntingthorpe
“Michael Williams came out on top with outstanding scores in the rollover prevention and slow speed/reversing manoeuvring exercises where his skills really shone through,” said contract manager Gareth Sterland.