Grit loaded onto a gritter on a depot
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UK's first super-gritter on the roads

30 November 2012 Last updated at 15:26 GMT

The UK's first 'super-gritter' has begun the fight against ice on Scotland's winter roads.

At 32 tonnes, the mammoth vehicle has been specially designed to cope with south west Scotland's winter.

Sensors on the vehicle help staff at its base detect when snowfall is likely.

The gritter will begin working on the exposed M74.