By Andy Sambidge
Transport auhority signs agreement for nine-month long trial of environmentally-friendly bus
Dubai's transport authority said on Monday it has signed an agreement to operate a trial run of an electric-powered bus in the emirate.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liberty Automobiles for the nine-month long trial with a view to add it to the local bus fleet in Dubai or to use it for inter-city services in the UAE.
Dr Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said the trial confirmed the RTA’s commitment to nurture a green, sustainable and healthy environment.
"Through this trial, we have agreed with Liberty Automobiles to operate an electric bus for 9 months, during which the vehicle will be deployed as part of our bus fleet at the cost of the suppliers in order to assess the technical and operational performance of the bus as well as the efficiency of its operation," said Al Ali.
Nihad Al Kilani, director-general for Fleet and Commercial Affairs at Liberty, added: "We are proud to team with the RTA and contribute to the fruition of its plans and 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."
The Public Transport Agency will designate a specific route for the bus, which will be assessed by experts and engineers from Liberty.
Liberty said it will cover all costs including the insurance, operation, branding, equipment, service, labour, spare parts, tyres, maintenance and the recharging during the trial run.
The company will also train RTA drivers before the deployment of the bus.