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Smokeless JUTC buses coming soon, ultra-low sulphur diesel to be used

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2013 | 5:53 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Managing Director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Colin Campbell, says the State-run bus company is hoping to move to ultra-low sulphur diesel within the next two months.

Campbell says this is expected to help reduce emissions from some JUTC buses.

Responding to concerns from commuters on Justice on Power 106 FM this afternoon, the JUTC Managing Director explained that the newer buses were designed to use low sulphur diesel.

However, he noted that this was not available on the local market until recently.

He explains that the use of regular diesel contributed to the excess exhaust fumes from the buses.

Campbell says now that the right fuel is available the bus company will move to correct the problem.

The JUTC Managing Director has also disclosed that the JUTC fleet is set to be increased.

Campbell says 50 new buses are expected to be rolled out in time for the start of the new school year, which starts in September.

He says he expects to hear Cabinet’s decision on a fare increase for the JUTC shortly.

According to him, the matter was deliberated on by the Cabinet recently and an announcement is to be made in the coming days.

The transport minister has already informed that a fare increase would be granted ahead of the start of the upcoming academic year.


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