Tel Aviv, Dan buses vow to reduce air pollution

Officials in TA, Dan Bus Company executives decide to establish joint team of experts who will focus on curbing bus emissions.

Israeli buses 390 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Israeli buses 390
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Municipal officials in Tel Aviv and Dan Bus Company executives have decided to establish a joint team of experts who will focus on curbing bus emissions.
Their representatives held a meeting on Sunday, during which municipal officials presented plans to restrict entrance of old, polluting buses into bus terminals and into Dan garages – by means of new business license conditions, the city explained.
During that same meeting, the parties also decided to establish a joint committee of environmental professionals to generate a program for reducing air pollution emitted by buses around the city.
In the future, municipality officials will meet with representatives from other bus companies that operate in the city, to form similar expert teams, the city explained.
“An additional step that can significantly reduce air pollution is the plan to restrict the movement of polluting vehicles in the city,” Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai said.
While air quality has improved dramatically in recent years, transportation remains a large contributor to contamination. For example, a city report determined that about 80 percent of nitrous oxide and particle emissions in Tel Aviv-Yafo originate from transportation fumes.
Through various environmental measures, Tel Aviv- Jaffa has reduced abnormally polluted days from 51 in 2006 to 17 in 2012, data provided by the city showed.
Practices introduced have included converting Reading power station, located in north Tel Aviv, from coal to gas, requiring gas stations to sell less polluting fuels and encouraging both bicycle and train travel. In addition, the city has increased its green areas by nearly 50 percent in the past 10 years and has evacuated the wholesale truck market to outside the city, the municipality said.