Toyota Material Handling has developed a range of quiet delivery products to facilitate out-of-hours goods deliveries in residential areas.

The company said research in the Netherlands has shown night-time deliveries represent a cost-effective way to reduce travel time for delivery vehicles by up to 50% with significant fuel savings and lower CO2 emissions. However, noise can be an issue for deliveries made in residential areas.

Toyota has therefore developed both manual and powered handling products designed to meet European noise legislation.

The BT Lifter Silent hand pallet truck and the BT Levio Silent powered pallet truck wear the Quiet Mark label - an accreditation developed by the Noise Abatement Society to reduce noise pollution from equipment and to encourage global companies to develop silent products that improve the quality of everyday life.

Designed with shock-absorbing technology that reduces vibration noise, the BT Lifter Silent hand pallet truck is a powerful, yet quiet tool. It has an operating noise of no more than 60dB, 20% lower than a standard hand pallet truck, according to the manufacturer.

The BT Levio Silent powered pallet truck has the same operating capacity, performance and durability as the standard product, but with additional features that make it more silent in handling.