By Denna Bowman
Scottish businesses are being urged to consider the merits of snow tyres and look at other contingency plans in anticipation of another bout of severe winter weather.
Parts of Scotland ground to a halt for days late last year when arctic conditions made roads impassable.
In a report published in the Inverness Courier, David Richardson, Highlands and Island Manager for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, wrote: “Businesses and the private sector must review their own contingency plans for severe weather: possibly introducing snow tyres on cars and lorries, tele-conferencing and home working.”
Mr Richardson stressed that every industry in the Highlands was affected – construction, manufacturing, primary industries, retail and tourism, with transport causing the most problems.
He said the government is concerned what would happen if the bad weather returned and that finance secretary John Swinney had invited SCDI to a meeting to discuss what could be done to combat future spells of severe weather, this year and beyond.