Rural local authority areas have lower population densities, but many services need to be provided despite an area potentially having fewer people living there. This is reflected when looking at winter maintenance fleet data published by the Municipal Year Book (2013/14). This set of figures clearly demonstrate that the most rural local authority areas require a higher ratio of winter maintenance vehicles to their populations they serve. This would naturally have a significant cost implication on a per head of population basis. To check the situation in your area, please use the analysis to select the authority of interest.