Egypt's Public Transport Authority has announced the installation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) on 1,000 buses, and that the authority aims to equip 1,000 more buses with the tracking system.
In a statement posted on Cairo governorate’s official Facebook page on Thursday, head of the Public Transport Authority Rezk Ali said that surveillance cameras have been also installed at a number of the authority's garages.
The announcement was made during an event held by the governorate to mark receiving and operating 20 new buses that run on natural gas, as well as the successful conversion of a diesel-powered bus to one that runs on natural gas.
The Public Transport Authority is planning to convert all its buses to natural gas, which is estimated to save EGP 10,000 monthly for each bus, according to Ali.
The official added that as many as 161 buses running on natural gas were imported over the past two years, including 85 air-conditioned buses that are also equipped for people with disabilities.
He noted that the authority is also working with the Ministry of Military Production to test an air-conditioned bus operating on electricity to join service.
Cairo governor Khaled Abdel-Aal said that the 20 newly-received buses are the second batch of a total of 150 buses worth EGP 610 million imported from abroad, adding that another 65 buses will be received before the end of the year.
The move is part of the state’s plan to turn gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles to natural gas ones to reduce pollution and make use of the country’s plentiful natural gas production, he pointed out.
Egypt has been working on replacing old cars manufactured over 20 years ago and converting hundreds of thousands of other vehicles to gas-powered models to preserve the environment and make use of the country’s plentiful natural gas production achieved after many recent gas discoveries.
Egypt imported microbuses and minibuses in May 2020 worth EGP 31.134 million, compared to 15.454 million in May last year, Egypt’s official statistics agency CAPMAS reported.
Egypt is looking to rely more on cheaper, cleaner energy sources and to increase the amount of power generated from renewables to 20 percent by 2022 and 42 percent by 2035.
The country has adopted a plan to expand the use of natural gas as vehicle fuel and encourage motorists to convert their cars to the bi-fuel system, which can run on both natural gas and gasoline.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in July that licenses for new vehicles will only be granted if they can operate on the bi-fuel system.