Kirklees Council  are replacing hundreds of vehicles including bin wagons and street sweepers at the cost of £4m.

Between 2018 and 2021, sixty vehicles will hit the streets and 24 of which will be ULEV (Electric Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) vans.

More than 40 vehicles have already been bought, with the council making £187,000 from sales.

Overall the council has 365 vehicles over their replacement age – just under half the authority’s fleet.

The spending includes 32 vans (£510,000), two 26-tonne refuse vehicles (£280,000), four gully vehicles (£520,000), a CCTV vehicle (£20,000), six single cab tippers (£145,100) and mowers (£121,000).

A report to the council’s Cabinet in Huddersfield Town Hall said upgrading the fleet reduced the risk of breakdowns, cut maintenance costs and hire charges, and alleviated the effects of pollution.

Air quality and associated environmental benefits were a consideration and were reflected in an officer’s comment: “Our older vehicles are often the most polluting.

“Purchasing newer, cleaner, more up-to-date vehicles with the latest Euro Category engines will reduce emissions and improve our local air quality.”

Electric vans feature just three main components meaning there are less elements requiring maintenance, thus servicing is simpler.

“All of which could save money.”