The UK's first fully demountable road marking bodies have been put to work by South Lanarkshire Council.

The three specialist units, developed by Somerford Equipment, were ordered to replace an ageing fleet of three purpose-built road-marking vehicles which were only operational for part of each year and dependent on weather conditions.

They use standard hook-mount technology and are compatible with the council's existing fleet of prime movers and can be loaded, connected and ready for use in less than 30 minutes. This allows South Lanarkshire Council to quickly switch to other stock bodies, including gritters, skip loaders and recycling units, to accommodate changes in staff availability or weather conditions.

South Lanarkshire transport and maintenance manager Dave Gibson said: 'This innovative demountable road marking body was selected as it is compatible with our existing fleet and further extends the range of applications that can be handled by our workforce throughout the year'

The bodies are part of a major fleet replacement programme being carried out by Glasgow-based Iveco dealer Kerr & Smith. Their commercial truck sales manager Peter Ewing said: 'We made the decision to work with Somerford Equipment as it could successfully design, develop and manufacture this unique solution in short timescales'