Scania S-series offers safety and comfort for drivers
22 FEBRUARY 2018
It’s the biggest and the best – the new Scania S-series cab. And for discerning transport companies, it is proving to be an ideal way to recruit and retain drivers, making it an increasingly attractive investment around Europe’s haulage industry.
“We really wanted to provide a working environment that was spacious and enjoyable to be in—a truck that our drivers would take pride in,” says Simon Brett, third-generation owner of Bretts Transport, based in the UK city of Peterborough.
A truck with a long list of benefits
“We already know our drivers like the Scania product, but this time we can offer a higher specification for our latest units: a premium heated driver’s seat, electric roof hatch, additional storage both inside and out, an uprated media system, a bigger bed, fridge, microwave, the list goes on,” he continues.
Bretts Transport specialises in the delivery of ambient goods into the retail, food service and manufacturing sectors. It currently has a fleet of 90 vehicles and recently took delivery of four Scania S 450s, making its fleet more than 90 percent Scania. An additional five S 450s will join Bretts’ line-up in April.
Having previously operated Scania R-series trucks, Bretts Transport decided to take a step up into the spacious S-series. “Our drivers are vital to our business and without having the best out on the road, we don’t have a business,” says Brett. “We know our drivers work really hard for us and we ask a lot of them. In return, we want to offer them one of the best vehicles on the market.”
S-series offers safety and comfort
Uwe Schröder, owner of Uwe Schröder Spedition in Wunstorf, Germany, first saw the S-series cab at a trade fair and was immediately impressed. So was one of his drivers and Schröder decided to invest in four S-series tractor units. “It’s great for the drivers from a safety and a comfort perspective,” says Schröder. “It’s the best driver environment around.”
Schröder emphasises the difficulties in Germany in recruiting drivers. By offering drivers the best possible work environment available, he hopes to attract drivers to his company.
A cab created and designed for the driver
In Italy, Piacenza-based Autotrasporti Mozzi has recently added 20 Scania S 500 tractor units to its fleet. The company, now in its third generation, is presently headed by cousins Geo and Giuseppe Mozzi. Over the years, it has consolidated and increased activity in waste management, as well as in aggregate and scrap metal transport.
“When we decided to renew our fleet, we selected the S-series cab for its prestige,” says Geo Mozzi. “But it was equally important to reward our drivers, since the cab offers great ergonomics, comfort, driveability and was created and designed for the driver. Our drivers constitute our most valuable resource and for us it’s important to ensure their well-being.”