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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Dubai starts trial of lighter eco-friendly buses

New model has more seats and fewer emissions

Handout images to go with RTA story on Dubai buses getting lighter and less polluting. (Courtesy-RTA)
Handout images to go with RTA story on Dubai buses getting lighter and less polluting. (Courtesy-RTA)

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has started a trial run of the lightweight and low-fuel consumption VDL bus.

The VDL bus is the first bus to join the RTA public transportation fleet that is compatible with the European Emissions Standards (Euro 6). It weighs about 9,650 kilograms, which is 1,550 kilograms less than the weight of the older model of VDL bus, and has a seating capacity of 45 riders, which is 11 more than the previous model.

The new bus has an improved fuel efficiency -- at a rate ranging from 10 to 15 per cent -- and a lower carbon emission rate, which brings the carbon footprint of the new bus to the barest minimum to match the highest European standards. It has a low-floor entry for people with disabilities.

“RTA will put the new bus on a trial operation for six months to assess the economic feasibility and environmental benefits of its operation,” said Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director general.

“It would also examine the reduction in carbon emission rate, engine efficiency, and maintenance cost among other perimeters.”

This drive is in line with the national initiative launched in 2012 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, calling for building a Green Economy in the UAE under the theme, ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development.’

“The move conforms to the Dubai Government’s energy and carbon control strategy seeking to make Dubai a model to be emulated in power efficiency and low emissions,” said Mr Al Tayer. “The trial operation of the new VDL Bus signals RTA’s keenness to revamp its public bus fleet to keep pace with the top practices worldwide and offer top of the range services to public transport riders in Dubai.”