LPG-Fed Buses To Be Used On Philippine Roads

By Komfie Manalo – Manila, Philippines – Bus operators in the Philippines are going “greener” because it is a lot cheaper. The Philippine LPG Bus and Taxi Co. Inc., (PLPGBTCI) said an initial 10 buses that run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) would be in service on major roads in the capital Manila.

Most major taxi operators in the Philippines were already using LPG-fed taxis because it is more economical and environment-friendly.

Emmanuel Atienza, director of PLPGBTCI said the group received an approval from the Board of Investment a duty-free importation of up to 200 buses as well as franchise from the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board for 60 buses.

Atienza said, “Our target is to eradicate all diesel-run buses. But we’re quite confident that these will run well. After all, the same buses are already being used in China.”

He said the 60 buses would be operating major roads in the capital Manila and nearby cities, while the remaining 140 would be used on provincial routes.

Atienza expressed optimism the LPG-run buses would reduce the country’s dependence on diesel and reduce transport cost. At the same time, these buses do not emit harmful greenhouse gas.

“This is our way of helping fulfill the government initiative of improving our living conditions by reducing pollution,” he said.

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