New equipment for the winter fleet 2018/19

New equipment has been added to the winter fleet for 2018/19 as part of our continuing improvements following the ‘Beast from the East’ weather event, which saw the Met Office issue its first red weather warning for snow in Scotland since the introduction of the colour coded warning system.

You can also read more about our winter service in our news section or watch our winter travel video.

The new equipment includes:

A customised Unimog


Capable of spreading enhanced liquid de-icer, it will be strategically located for use during high level snow and flooding events.

An electric powered spreader

Electric powered spreader

This will be deployed as a patrol vehicle on the M8.

A Hilltip Icestriker from Finland

Fitted with a V plow, it will be trialled on the M80 to ensure recovery teams can access incidents in the most challenging conditions.


As well as the fleet of emergency response vehicles, we have more than two hundred traditional gritters located at 42 depots across the country.

The gritter tracker is once again up and running, letting people see where our gritters have been carrying out treatments.