Acklea | Transforming Gritters into Spring/Summertime Traffic Management Vehicles
Local authorities and contractors could save money and create efficiencies by adapting their winter road gritters into spring and summertime traffic management vehicles, according to traffic management vehicle specialist Acklea.
Acklea has already helped several councils and operators do this simply by attaching crash cushions and light boards to their road gritters/salt spreaders. This enables those vehicles to be legally used for traffic management safety and blocking duties such as grass verge and street light maintenance etc.
This reduces the need for local authority investment in additional traffic management vehicles and also means the gritters don’t need to be garaged for several months every year.
Acklea has created bespoke solutions partnering with leading road gritter manufacturers such as Econ and Bucher Municipal. The team assesses each vehicle for compatibility and the modifications usually take around two weeks.
The demountable Scorpion crash cushion & VSA board are designed to be removed and refitted as the job demands and can be swopped in as little as 40 minutes.
Customers that have adapted their spreaders, say: “Every penny helps, and turning seasonal winter vehicles into dual-purpose all year-round vehicles is a good way to extract value from an operators transport investment. The benefits aren’t only cost saving but will go a long way to meet sustainability targets.
“By utilising the vehicles better removes the need for the wasteful and time-consuming periodic running of vehicles during the summer months.
“By making better use of the driver’s time cutting out the fortnightly running this unproductive activity brings will go along way to reducing the running costs in fuel tyres & maintenance reducing their carbon footprint.
“This way local authorities and operators aren’t paying for gritters to stand idle when they can easily be adapted to keep working on other aspects of road safety and maintenance.
“This approach also helps to reduce the total number of vehicles on the road, as two separate vehicles are replaced by a single unit with easily adaptable modifications. This is a highly efficient and effective solution that could make sense for a lot of operators.”