Dubai introduces dozens of eco-friendly buses to its roads

Buses use less fuel and produce lower levels of carbon emissions

City buses will have their tyre pressure monitored by a new automated system. Courtesy RTA
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Almost 100 eco-friendly buses have been added to Dubai's public transport services.

The Roads and Transport Authority announced the addition of the 94 buses, made by British bus company Optare, into circulation on Saturday.

The medium-size buses are compatible with European Emission Standards, are light in weight and are low on fuel consumption.

"The delivery of the new batch of buses is part of the RTA’s master plan to improve public transport in Dubai and keep pace with the top international standards," said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the RTA.

The buses accommodate 32 seated passengers and nine standing each. They have also been designed to serve disabled passengers, with a low floor door allowing for wheelchair access.

The engines use less fuel and produce lower levels of carbon emissions. The buses also have internet service, Wi-Fi, and USB charging ports.

They will be deployed on 17 routes: eight existing routes and nine new ones.

"The new buses will serve new districts and widen the geographical coverage of public transport in Dubai, increase the occupancy rate, and enhance multi-modal integration," said Mr Al Tayer.