Not only is the new bus environmentally friendly, it’s bigger too.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started the test run of a brand new eco-friendly bus – the first in its fleet to be compatible with the European emissions standards. Such buses are characterized by their light weight and low fuel consumption.

The trial, which will run for six months, will assess economic feasibility, environmental benefits, reduction in carbon emission rate, engine efficiency, and maintenance, among other elements.

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“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,” said the RTA’s Mattar Al Tayer.

Not only does the bus have a new and improved fuel efficiency, ranging from 10% to 15%, it also has a lower carbon emission rate. This brings the carbon footprint of the new bus to the bare minimum, in line with the top European standards.

It is also considerably lighter than the old model, and it’s bigger too. There are seats for 45 passengers, which is somewhat higher than the current buses seating capacity of 34 (which should mean a more comfortable ride!).

This move is in line with the national initiative launched in 2012 by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, calling for a greener economy in the UAE.

“RTA attaches high priority to conserving the environment and optimizing power consumption as Safety & Environmental Sustainability is part & parcel of RTA’s strategic goals” added Al Tayer.

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