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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently benefitted from widespread publicity via www.welovetheisleofharris.com to ask for public submissions to help name the six gritting lorries serving the Isle of Harris.

The link at https://www.welovestornoway.com/index.php/articles-auto-3/19461-name-the-harris-gritting-vehicles was read 1566 times. 

Hundreds of comments were received by CnES with what they say was "no shortage of creativity and humour while really testing the boundaries of snow-based puns."

Following careful deliberation of all the entries by the pupils of Sir E Scott school, the six new confirmed names for Harris are as follows:

  1. Sleet and Diesel (which was the most popular suggestion)
  2. Chlear mi’n Tìr
  3. Slushkentyre
  4. Scar-ice-ta
  5. Slushinish 
  6. Brrr E Scott

They will be seen on the Harris roads in the coming weeks and months, say CnES – who are clearly expecting a very long winter!

 "A big thank you to everyone who took part," say CnES.  

Drivers are reminded that before they commence any winter journeys they should: 

  1. Consider the need to travel
  2. Check the Weather Forecast
  3. Make sure your vehicle is ready for a journey in poor weather
  4. Consider what you might need in an emergency
  5. Allow extra time for your journey

The Comhairle’s Winter Roads Maintenance Policy

It's worth noting that under Level Four restrictions, to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible. By law, in a Level Four area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/