Highways England Gritter Fleet

05/01/2021 WDTK FoIA Response

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the information,
which you requested on 23 November and 2 December 2020.
A response to your request is provided below.
For the pre-purchase business decision to acquire the new fleet.
The decision to purchase replacement winter fleet gritters is based upon various
factors including vehicle safety, age and condition and unplanned maintenance costs
to operate in some of the most testing environments and potentially
arduous conditions.
The most recent replacement round identified winter fleet gritters that have operated
since 2008 and as such are subject to significant wear, tear and corrosion.
Additionally, our new vehicles meet the latest EU emission standards for heavy-duty
CI (diesel) engines known as Euro 6 which are focused on reducing harmful exhaust
emissions. We ensure we procure the cleanest and most efficient vehicles available.
An electric gritter with the capacity to meet our statutory duties is not available within
the market at present. Highways England is not aware of any tried and tested
alternative power technology in use for winter fleet / snowploughing applications with
EV gritter technology in it’s infancy.

The old and new fleet information.

The Highways England winter gritter fleet consists of 446 Euro 5 and Euro 6 vehicles
following disposal of older vehicles which are being disposed of via vehicle auction.

Highways England has invested in a total of 93 winter fleet gritters during the 20/21
financial year, completing Phase 1 of our replacement programme.

Highways England engages with the wider fleet community to identify new and
improved ways of working within the winter environment. This will include
introducing new vehicles and ancillaries that will enhance operational effectiveness
and the ability to keep drivers moving.

We will continue to replace the ageing fleet during the roads funding period and
ensure we utilise the most efficient vehicles available to meet our statutory duties.

Fleet Registrations
Please see Annex A confirming fleet registrations as at 9 December 2020.

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