Competition opens for Scots to name witty winter gritter fleet

The newly named vehicles will join fan favourites such as ‘Sir Grits Hoy’ and ‘Yes Sir, Ice Can Boogie'.

Amey ask Scots to submit gritter names for winter fleet as BEAR Scotland gear up to keep roads safe SW Trunks Roads

As winter approaches, Scots are being asked to submit their wittiest names for gritters to add to the fleet.

To date, over 3,000 winter-themed gritter names have been submitted for consideration to Amey, the infrastructure company which operates the gritters.

The newly named vehicles will join fan favourites such as ‘Sir Grits Hoy’, ‘Yes Sir, Ice Can Boogie’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Brine’, which can be tracked online.

Scots have until Monday, January 16, 2023 to submit their entries via the SW Trunk Roads website.

Winners from last year’s competition and new additions to the fleet for the 2022/2023 winter season include ‘Jack Jarvice’ and ‘Victor McSprayed’, named after the famous Still Game duo, ‘Gritney Spears’, and ‘Sir David Attenbrrrrrr’.

In December 2020, Amey’s South-West fleet, with their distinctive bright orange livery, attracted the attention of ‘Scotland’s other national drink’ Irn-Bru, with gritter ‘Grits You Thru’ joining the winter fleet. 

And in 2021, another iconic Scottish treat joined the fleet with staff at family-run bakery Tunnock’s choosing ‘Caramelt Wafer’.

Meanwhile, BEAR Scotland have announced that its team of gritters are also all geared up and ready to tackle Scotland’s infamous winter weather as temperatures begin to drop.

Trunk roads across south east and north west Scotland will be served by BEAR Scotland with ‘Gritty Gritty Bang Bang’, ‘Snow Connery’ and ‘Gonnae Snow Dae That’, will be covering the patch.

The winter frontline vehicles will carry out precautionary treatments, which aim to stop ice forming. 

This involves spreading pre-wetted salt on routes forecast to experience low temperatures while patrol vehicles will also monitor conditions and carry out treatments if required.

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