Don’t be alarmed, I mean in terms of emissions standards. If you’re like me after reading the above statement you probably immediately started to worry about the hygiene standards of the rest of Australia’s busses if ACTION turned out to be the gold standard, but don’t worry.
Shane Rattenbury today announced ACTION new busses will be the first in Australia to meet the strict “Euro 6” emissions standard.
Well done ACTION, hopefully everywhere else quickly follows suit.
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“ACTION will be the first city bus operator in Australia to use these improved, greener buses. It’s a small part of making Canberra a leader in both environmental and health outcomes,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“ACTION is procuring 77 new buses, to be rolled out from May 2014 to mid 2017. They’ll be clean, fuel efficient and most noticeably they produce minimal harmful pollutants. They’ll help keep Canberra’s air clean and reduce pollution.
“The Euro 6 diesel buses produce around 80 per cent fewer ‘oxides of nitrogen’ and 90 per cent fewer ‘diesel particulates’ than the previous Euro 5 engine models. It’s important we reduce these particular pollutants as they are harmful to people’s health and reduce local air quality.”
Mr Rattenbury said ACTION’s new buses will replace ACTION’s ageing Renaults, some of which are now up to 25 years old.