Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has launched the test run of a VDL bus the first bus to join the RTA fleet that is compatible with the European Emissions Standards (Euro 6) characterised by its light weight and low-fuel consumption.
"The RTA attaches high priority to conserving the environment and optimising power consumption as safety and environmental sustainability is part and parcel of the RTA’s strategic goals.
This drive is in line with the national initiative launched in 2012 by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 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.
The trial operation of the new VDL bus signals the 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," Al Tayer said.
"The RTA will put the new bus on a trial operation for six months to assess the economic feasibility and environmental benefits of its operation. It would also examine the reduction in carbon emission rate, engine efficiency, and maintenance cost among other parameters," he added.
Al Tayer inspected the new VDL bus and attended a briefing about its technical specifications. It weighs about 9,650 kg, which is remarkably lower than the weight of the older model of the VDL bus, which was 11,200 kg. The new bus has a seating capacity of 45 riders, whereas the older version has seats for 34 riders.
The new bus also has an improved fuel efficiency at a rate ranging from 10 to 15 percent and a lower carbon emission rate, which brings its carbon footprint to the barest minimum to match the highest European standards.
It has a low-floor entry to facilitate the movement of people of determination. It also has high-class finishing standards with wide seats offering complete convenience to riders.