Hino’s 500 Series Wide Cab has been given another accolade winning a Safe Vehicle Award at the Australasian Fleet Safety Awards recently.

Run by the global road safety charity, Brake, Australasian Fleet Safety Awards recognise the achievements of those helping to reduce road crashes involving at-work drivers in Australia and New Zealand.

Announced in Auckland last week, the Safe Vehicle Award was accepted by Hino New Zealand General Manager, Darren Salt.

“The enormous success of the Hino 500 Series Wide Cab in the marketplace since its launch last year is hugely gratifying and what we strive for as a business, said Hino Australia Manager of Product Strategy, Daniel Petrovski.

“It is always nice when your efforts are recognised by your peers in the industry.

“Safety was the centrepiece of the development of the 500 Series Wide Cab, and we are proud that it sets a benchmark for the category. This recognition of that approach is appreciated.”

The Hino 500 Series Wide Cab was meritorious in moving the safety benchmark forward according to the judging panel

“The Safe Vehicle Award recognises organisations that have worked to improve the safety of their vehicles, whether through vehicle specification, technology and/or maintenance,” the judges said In presenting the award.

“This year’s winner was the first to offer Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) as standard on medium-duty trucks in Australia, helping to prevent loss of control and rollover crashes.”

“They include safety features on their vehicles including anti-lock brakes (ABS), anti-slip regulator and reversing cameras with night vision to increase visibility.”

“They also introduced new technology to help reduce emissions from vehicles.”

“With rollover and loss of control a factor in a significant number of heavy vehicle crashes, it’s pleasing to see features like VSC being implemented to help address these types of crashes.”