x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Dubai's eco-friendly transit plan picks up pace

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority takes delivery of 10 environmentally friendly hybrid taxis.

Authorities in Dubai have formed a team to replace taxis and buses with hybrid vehicles.
Authorities in Dubai have formed a team to replace taxis and buses with hybrid vehicles.

DUBAI // The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) yesterday took delivery of 10 environmentally friendly hybrid taxis that will start driving customers around the city in six months. The hybrid Toyota Camrys, essentially electric cars that use a petrol engine to recharge the battery, will undergo six months of road tests before being added to the Dubai Taxi fleet. The introduction of the hybrid vehicles will be the first step in the RTA's plan to switch public transport in Dubai to environmentally friendly vehicles.

The authority has also drafted plans for the National Transport Authority to make vehicles more environmentally friendly. The targets include cutting vehicle carbon dioxide emission levels from 4.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent, banning imported cars more than five years old, and from Jan 2010 abolishing the registration or renewal of registration of light vehicles more than 20 years old. The targets have been approved by the Ministerial Council for Services.

"[The] RTA is currently conducting a complete overhaul of mass transit systems in the emirate to make them environment friendly," said Abdul Aziz Malik, the chief executive of the RTA's Dubai Taxi Agency. He said a team had been formed to replace taxis and buses with hybrid vehicles. "This marks the first step in a master plan aiming to convert all vehicles in Dubai to environment friendly vehicles."

He said the team was focused on four objectives: minimising pollution from vehicle exhausts, improving the quality of fuel used by public buses, introducing global standards of vehicle gas emissions to Dubai and introducing hybrid vehicles. @Email:garis@thenational.ae