Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority expands green bus fleet


By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Expanding the green profile of Dubai’s public transport, 10 bio-diesel powered buses have joined the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) fleet.

RTA had launched the first green bus in July 2012 as a pilot project and after a successful trial has now expanded the fleet.

The buses, powered by a mixture of used cooking oil and diesel, have helped reduce fuel costs by 7 per cent, while a 34 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions has been registered.

“The buses have already joined the fleet and they are doing a great job. Following a successful pilot project we are focusing more on improving efficiency in terms of fuel cost and reducing emissions and we are on the right track,” said Omar Bin Haider, director of maintenance at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

In the next couple of years, the green bus fleet will further expand as 60 more buses will be added in different phases.

Apart from using biofuel, the bus uses different eco-friendly technologies. More info