The new fleet uses 20% less salt than the older models by using technology which can be set to spread a more precise measurement to suit the road conditions. This makes them much more efficient and minimises their carbon footprint.

The council regularly grits around 30% of South Gloucestershire’s road network when ice has been predicted. This involves treating main A and B roads, and routes to schools, care providers, fire, ambulance and police stations.

Cllr Steve Reade, cabinet member responsible for transport at South Gloucestershire Council, said: ‘Ensuring our roads are safe is a top priority for the council and we treat 510 kilometres of roads every night during periods of cold weather to keep people safe and traffic moving.

‘We are delighted that these new, efficient gritters are ready for the winter months as they require much less salt in comparison with the old fleet. This means we can make our supplies go further this winter as well as delivering value for money services for our residents, so it really is about investing our resources wisely to be as efficient as possible.’