Public transport to drive on gas

Plans to increase use of LPG

Liquid petroleum gas could soon be a reality for public transport vehicles
Dual-gas/fuel systems

Plans are underway to increase the use of gas in taxis and buses which could lead to the local manufactures of dual-gas/fuel systems and the implementation of regulations that would eventually prohibit the registration of vehicles which are not outfitted with such units.

The systems, which cost about R20 000 and are imported from Poland-based DT-Gas Systems, would enable taxis to operate dually on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or petrol.

The  Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)  is to undertake a feasibility study in the current financial year, while contracts could be awarded in the next financial year.

It’s not a new move, more than 300 of Gauteng’s 32 000 minibus taxis have been equipped with LPG systems and a further 110 taxis are due for conversion by February next year.

Eight refuelling stations have been constructed in and around the province and more are on the cards and being negotiated with African Gas.

The national transport department is now looking to reach all areas of the province.

“The amount of taxis to be converted in the extended programme will depend on demand from taxi operators,” a statement from the department said.

Now the AIDC has called for expressions of interest to manufacture liquefied petroleum gas  automotive conversion kits and/or components locally.

He further stated that AIDC would undertake a feasibility study in the current financial year, while contracts could be awarded in the next financial year.

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