RTA set to start trial run of an electricity-powered bus in Dubai


Source:  www.rta.ae

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), signed an MoU with the Liberty Automobiles Co. to provide for the trial run of an electricity-powered bus supplied by the Co. for nine months so as to measure the effectiveness and competency of running an electricity-powered bus as part of our bus fleet plying the streets of Dubai or offering inter-city services for considerable numbers of riders heading to a variety of destinations every day.

Dr. Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency confirmed RTA’s commitment to nurture a green, sustainable & healthy environment would encourage all spectrums of the community to play a crucial role in supporting the upswing witnessed by the UAE in general, specially Dubai, at all fronts.

“Through this trial, we have agreed with Liberty Automobiles Co. to operate this electric bus for 9 months during which the bus will be deployed as part of our bus fleet at the cost of the Co. in order to assess the technical and operational performance of the bus as well as the efficiency of the electrically-powered bus operation,” said Al Ali.

Nihad Al Kilani, Director-General for Fleet and Commercial Affairs at the Liberty Company, expressed his deep delight with the signing of the MoU with the Public Transport Agency and working side by side towards realizing RTA’s strategic goals relating to sustainability and green environment, besides bolstering the efforts of the UAE Government in this vial field.

“We are proud to team with the RTA and contribute to the fruition of its plans & strategic projects which were developed in the first place to serve the public and offer them services, including public transport means, which have made Dubai one of the most advanced cities in the world,” said Al Kailani.

Through signing this MoU, the two parties will be seeking to achieve a host of objectives including deploying an electricity-powered bus fitted with high-standard technical specifications to operate as part of public transport means on a trial bases. The Public Transport Agency will designate a specific route for the bus; which will be assessed by experts & engineers from Liberty Co.

Liberty Co. will cater to all costs covering the insurance, operation, branding, equipment, service, labour, spare parts, tyres, maintenance and the recharging during the trial run. The Co. will also train RTA drivers before the deployment of the bus and maintain periodic follow-up of drivers during the experiment. It will allow its premises at Al Garhoud as a depot for the bus and a point of starting the service, and will provide all resources needed to recharge the bus during the prescribed trial period. During the period, the Co. will fully comply with the safety standards & rules of the RTA and Dubai Municipality, guarantee the sustained road worthiness of the bus, and provide the required maintenance. More info