Scania at UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019

Scania at UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019

  During the UITP 2019 Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, 9-12 June, Scania will showcase sustainable solutions for public transport that address the future challenges facing the world’s cities. The rapid rise of urbanisation, which results in congestion and emissions, as well asthe challenges being posed by global warming are all key areas to be discussed. One consequence of urbanisation is an increased need for public transportation, and many traffic operators are working to attract new categories of commuters to public transportation. “Scania is a company to count on in this time of change. We understand the challenges of moving people in a city, and we can be a good partner in the transition to more sustainable transport,” says Åke Allard, Head of Product Management, Buses & Coaches, Scania. Scania is one of the world’s leading supplier of buses, coaches and services for sustainable transport solutions. Scania’s solution combines alternative fuels and electrification, smarter transport, and energy efficiency. At UITP 2019, Scania will highlight examples of how alternative fuels and electrification can make the city more accessible, as well as showcasing how Scania products and services can be used to help establish public transport that is flexible, cost-effective and...
Volunteering for a compulsory taxi recapitalisation programme

Volunteering for a compulsory taxi recapitalisation programme

By Vincent Raseroka – chairman of Bridge Taxi Finance Just before the elections, former transport minister Dr Blade Nzimande announced a new taxi recapitalisation scheme focused on removing older, unroadworthy minibus taxis from the country’s road, thereby increasing vehicle safety for drivers, their passengers and other road users. The Taxi Recapitalisation scheme is not a new thing. First introduced in 2006 with a target of removing 100 000 old vehicles from the road, the target later increased to 135 000. While the programme had some initial successes, the number of taxis scrapped over the years has dwindled. By the end of 2017, around 70 000 taxis old taxis had been scrapped. By the end of September last year, a total of 72,653 old taxis have been scrapped and a total amount of R4,4 billion was paid in scrapping allowances. Nzimande increased the scrapping allowance from R91 100 to R124 000 per old taxi, which raises the total budget to just under R8 billion. This is in hope that taxi owners will voluntarily hand in their old, unroadworthy vehicles, in exchange for the cash to put towards a new, safer, roadworthy model. The problem is that the old vehicles – even though unroadworthy and a danger to all road users – are still worth more to taxi owners on the road, than the R124 000 on offer. The older, debt-free vehicle is still earning cash, while a new vehicle would come with an extra monthly debt cost, which drives profits down. In many cases where older taxis have been scrapped under the taxi recapitalisation scheme, authorities later on are surprised when the “scrapped” taxi...
Hyundai’s H-1 Bus can now carry 12 people

Hyundai’s H-1 Bus can now carry 12 people

One of the market segment leaders in Hyundai Automotive SA’s model range – the popular H-1 Bus – has been given an extra row of seats that expands its carrying capacity to that of a 12-seater. The H-1 Elite Bus, which received a bold new face and several new convenience features in a make-over last year, now boasts a fourth row of seats that will cater for the needs of customers in this market segment who need to transport a larger number of passengers. The “3-3-3-3” seating configuration of the new H-1 derivative means it now has three rows in the rear of which two – as between the driver and front passenger – feature a narrower middle seat that can fold up to allow passengers to reach the newly added 4th seating bench at the back. True to the versatile nature of the H-1 Bus, the added rear bench in the new derivative can be moved forward to increase the luggage area when that row of seats is not needed. Customers will thus have the option to treat it as a 9-seater with a sizable luggage space, or a 12-seater with a small “boot” space. Convenience and safety features that make the H-1 12-Seater 2.5 turbodiesel a comfortable and ideal people-carrier include: An infotainment centre with a large touch-screen; Bluetooth connectivity for the infotainment sound system with multifunction controls on the steering wheel; Cruise control with buttons on the steering wheel; A steering wheel that can be adjusted for reach as well as height; A rear camera for parking assistance, with a display in the rear-view mirror; A fully...
Irizar’s electric bus system for Swiss city

Irizar’s electric bus system for Swiss city

The electromobility company from Gipuzkoa is making a big splash in central Europe. After being awarded a contract for 10 units for Rheinbahn in Düsseldorf, Germany, they’re now expanding into Schaffhausen in Switzerland, where they’ve just signed a contract for 15 zero emissions electric buses with the charging infrastructure. This is a unique project in Switzerland and Europe as the energy needed for the charging stations will be generated in the Rhine River as it passes through Schaffhausen. Irizar has been awarded the supply contract for the first line of electric buses for the city of Schaffhausen in a public tender. The contract includes 15 Irizar ie tram model zero-emissions electric vehicles (7 of which are 12 metres and 8 are 18 metres long), 12 fast charging stations and 16 in-depot charging stations. This is a lighthouse project with the aim of electrifying public transport in the city of Schaffhausen. And it includes the possibility for a second phase in 2022-2027 when the amount may rise to 47 vehicles, 20 quick charging stations and 51 in-depot charging...
Beating the Costs

Beating the Costs

There are various reasons why Natural Gas is increasingly becoming the fuel choice for many commercial fleets, top of the list is the economic advantages. When compared to petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, natural gas is the cheaper transport fuel alternative. “South Africa has witnessed sustained increases in fuel prices for the past few months, which placed a strain on the consumers” Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe NGV Gas, the natural gas provider of commercial fleets and a division of CNG Holdings, is enabling the growth of gas-powered transport in South Africa through a rapidly expanding compressed natural gas distribution network of standalone and in-house fuelling stations in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. In recent years, technology has improved significantly to allow for an increase in Natural Gas vehicles, particularly for fuel-intensive vehicle fleets, such as public transport and commercial vehicles. Why Natural Gas Vehicles? Natural gas, being the cleanest burning alternative transportation fuel available today, offers an opportunity to meet the soon to be established carbon emission restraints of the Carbon Tax Bill. In addition, natural gas is very safe, because it is lighter than air, in the event of an accident it simply dissipates into the air, instead of forming a dangerously flammable pool on the ground like other liquid fuels. This also contributes to the prevention of ground pollution. The chemical compositions of Natural Gas allow CNG vehicles to burn much cleaner than traditionally fuelled vehicles. In addition to the far cheaper per-unit cost of Natural Gas, it is one of the safest transport fuels available. It is much cleaner than petrol and diesel, with up to...
90 MAN Lion’s City buses for Tbilisi

90 MAN Lion’s City buses for Tbilisi

As Mayor of Tbilisi, former professional footballer Kakha Kaladze has committed to modernising local transport in Georgia’s capital city. In order to achieve this goal, he has placed his trust in partner MAN Truck & Bus. Tbilisi orders 90 MAN Lion’s City buses, 50 vehicles already delivered Mayor Kakha Kaladze continues to push through modernisation of city’s bus fleet New buses notable for their safety, comfort, economic efficiency and eco-friendliness When Kakha Kaladze sets himself a goal, he becomes single-minded in its pursuit. It is an approach that has served him well, both in his former life as a professional footballer and his current role as Mayor of Tbilisi. His latest mission is to get local transport in the Georgian capital fit for the future. To this end, he has placed his trust in his partner, MAN Truck & Bus – and the MAN Lion’s City. The city has ordered 90 of these modern city buses over the course of the past year, 50 of which have now been in use for several weeks. The remaining 40 vehicles are due to be delivered in October and November 2019. In order to choose the design, colours and equipment of the city buses and make sure they were perfectly suited to the demands of local transport in Tbilisi, Kakha Kaladze travelled to the MAN Customer Centre in Munich and Starachowice, Poland. “Our centre of expertise there is where our MAN city buses are made – including the vehicles for Tbilisi,” says Helmut Grosshauser, who is responsible for Regional Sales Management in the Center Importer Europe/CIS at MAN Truck & Bus. The...