New Gritters Delivered to Help Keep the Roads Moving

Has Christmas come early? Absolutely – if you’re a courier driver who wants to keep business running safely and smoothly through the winter months. A multi-million-pound fleet of gritters will soon be working their magic to help make that happen.

£30 Million Investment

Great news! An exciting new fleet to grit our roads is about to make its debut in the UK. Over thirty vehicles were sent to East Anglia in October and there are over one hundred and fifty waiting to be rolled out over the coming months.

graph-163509_960_720

Top of the Range

With cutting edge technology and design, the new fleet is said to be safer and more efficient than its previous models – and increased road safety is always great news for a courier driver. They have been designed following an investigation by Transport Research Laboratory which showed which features make vehicles more noticeable on the roads.

Safety First

Thanks to some innovative tech, the salt spread can be automatically calculated. Specific features, such as unusual landscape or bridges, can be pre-programmed meaning salt is spread efficiently. What this means is that the operator can keep total focus on the roads – essential in challenging weather conditions.

money-2696228_960_720-1

As well as new technology, the design takes safety into consideration. Research has shown that vehicles are more likely to stand out if they have a solid shape and are painted one colour. You might not believe anyone could accidentally run into twenty-six tonnes of gritter, but it has happened in the past. The striking design of these vehicles should reduce the risk of such incidents, which can be very serious.

Collaboration

This roll-out is the result of a successful collaboration between Highways England and manufacturer Romaquip. They are proud of the technical advances that they have designed for these new gritters.

I hope these gritters are a good omen for the hard-working courier driver over the next few weeks. As one of the busiest times of year for the courier industry, anything that improves safety and efficiency will be welcomed with open arms. Keep an eye out for the sparkling new machines when you are out and about during the festive season and beyond.

Newsletter

Stay ‘in-the-loop’ with the latest news, products and services from Courier Exchange.

Similar stories

Royal Mail Offering Owner Driver Jobs

Hello, sweethearts!

Well, it appears I may have to eat a small serving of my words this week. Why am I embarrassed, you might ask? Well, if you were paying attention you'll know that last week I published a post about how I was glad owner driver jobs were becoming more popular in order to offer some healthy competition to Royal Mail. I was saying I think it's a lesson for the Post Office not to get smug and to actually update their prices.

Read the full article
To Buy or Not to Buy Leasing vs Buying a Courier Vehicle

Hello, all!

Yes, that's right – no 'darlings' or 'dears' today. That's because, this time around, it's not Auntie Gertie at the wheel, it's me, your trusted designated driver, Steve!

I asked my Auntie Gertie to let me have her blog for a week, because I want to talk about something important that I don't think she's ever brought up, at least recently – and that's the issue of whether you should buy or lease vehicles when you're a self-employed, independent owner driver.

Read the full article
The Amazon Key, and How it Will Affect Courier Jobs

Hello, all!

It's me, Steven, covering for Aunt Gertie for the last official week of 2017! Christmas wore her out a bit, what with cooking and the grandkids, so I offered to help her out and throw in my own tuppence for the final blog post of the year.

Read the full article
LEAMINGTON SPA-BASED MAK COURIERS WINS TRANSPORT AWARD

A Leamington Spa-based business is celebrating having scooped a national industry award that recognises its achievements over the past twelve months. MAK Couriers, a local and nationwide same-day delivery specialist, won the Company of the Year category at the Transport Awards 2015, organised by Transport Exchange Group, which showcases the hard work and outstanding success that is taking place within the courier and haulage sectors.

Read the full article

Here to help

Talk to us! On the phone, online or in person… we’re here to help.

CX Fleet 3.0

New!

CX Fleet 3.0 is out now - a powerful app for remote fleet management.

Tap into peak efficiency today!

Watch CX fleet in action
Close popup