Heavy falls of snow in March might not have been welcomed by most Nottingham residents, but for the city council, the unseasonal weather enabled the highways team to take their newly delivered fleet of five Econ gritters straight out onto Nottingham’s roads and put them to work.
The City Council ordered the five new permanently mounted low throw 6 cum spreaders on 18 tonne Daf chassis to replace its previous, older stock of Econ spreaders, some of which had given almost a decade of service. The order also included an Econ hotbox.
Nottingham’s entire fleet of seven gritters was supplied by Econ, and the local authority has plans to replace the two remaining older vehicles with new Econ models ahead of next winter. Nottingham is also making the most of Econ know-how with a planned upgrade programme to the fleet’s on-board technology over the summer months. Andy Smith, Fleet Officer at Nottingham City Council, explained: “We are already enjoying the benefits of Econ’s Spargo salt control system, and we are looking to maximise the cost savings that new technology can offer on our winter maintenance fleet. To that end, this summer we will be having the Exactrak vehicle tracking system fitted to all the vehicles, an investment which we believe will deliver significant costs savings as well as improving safety for our gritter operators.”Exactrak technology maximises efficiency in winter maintenance vehicles by creating very precise gritting patterns and salt control for every metre of road. This avoids salt being wasted and also ensures that all roads are treated with the optimum amount of salt, according to temperatures and weather conditions, to create safe conditions for road users. “We’re proud that, with Econ vehicles fitted with Exactrak technology, Nottingham will have the safest and most up-to-date fleet of gritters available, while at the same time eliminating waste and saving public money,” said Andy.