Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sharjah taxis to run on natural gas

Sharjah: With the aim of preserving the environment, Sharjah Transport has announced the start of a new project which plans to gradually change Sharjah taxis to environment-friendly vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
The project aims at converting 5,000 taxis to CNG. Phase 1, which is set to start soon, will involve the conversion of 1,600 vehicles from regular fuel to CNG contributing to the reduction of 52 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, said Abdullah Al Zari, Director General of Sharjah Transport.
He added that the second phase, which is set to start early 2015, will include the conversion of all Sharjah taxis which involves 3,400 vehicles from three different taxi companies — Emirates, Union and Citi.
The project which focuses on using alternative fuel is a part of the International Association of Public Transport’s (UITP) charter of sustainable development signed by Sharjah Transport in March 2009.


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