The new tankers are fitted with the latest environmental and health and safety equipment that enables easier cleaning of the 36,000 road gullies across the streets of Solihull. The gullies, or drains, play an important part in ensuring the highway network remains free from flooding.

The vehicles are fitted with the latest Euro 6 engines which will significantly reduce the amount of carbon emissions compared to the hired vehicles currently used by the Council. They will also be more economical on fuel, making further cost-savings.

It is also good to know that our vehicles, which are replacements for existing Whale tanker equipment, will be playing a major role in keeping the drains and gullies of Solihull and the surrounding area clean and trouble free.

Cllr Ted Richards, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways for Solihull Council, said: “Our new tankers will be a cost-saving, efficient and effective way to keep the highway drainage network around the borough clean.

I’m delighted that Whale Tankers, a local business, has been able to fit the new vehicles with the specialised equipment.”