MOTC Rolls Out EURO 5 Diesel Starting with 2022 Bus, Truck Models
Doha – Qatar
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has adopted the EURO 5 regulation and will apply it to all buses and trucks that Qatar imports starting from the models manufactured for 2022, in coordination with the bodies concerned, particularly Qatar Petroleum, the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS) and the General Directorate of Traffic.
This comes in the context of an ongoing strategy to switch to ecofriendly electric vehicles in Qatar. The move also aims to upgrade the specifications of buses and trucks to conform to the clean EURO 5 diesel, thus achieving environmental sustainability by rolling out more of clean technologies, clean fuel and electrical energy to reduce vehicle exhausts and harmful carbon emissions. This sets the stage not only for a cleaner, healthier and safer environment for current and coming generations, but also for a 17% reduction in carbon emissions by 2022, something which helps reduce greenhouse gases, combat climate change and maintain an economic-environmental balance.
The EURO 5 regulation provides for best standards, specifications and modern technologies. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions significantly and protect the environment. EURO 5 standard for CO does not exceed 1.5%, maximum diesel sulfur content of 10 ppm and smoke opacity of 1.0-1.5 ppm compared to previous standards for buses and trucks compatible with EURO 2 diesel regulation, which causes more pollution because CO standard is up to 2.1%, smoke opacity is up to 0.46 ppm with a diesel sulfur content of as high as 500 ppm.
Supporting the strategy on shifting to ecofriendly vehicles and encouraging the public to use multimodal public transit system more frequently, MOTC is working on several strategic projects to develop the bus network and provide a fresh set of special routes and services, in addition to providing the necessary infrastructure and relevant logistic services: establishing 8 stations and 4 depots and various parking spaces for vehicles and buses; establishing 2700 bus stops, establishing stations and parking spaces for water taxis, in collaboration with Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
MOTC is also working on developing a website and mobile applications for bus ridership service.
Noteworthy, the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), in coordination with MOTC, has developed a policy for electric and hybrid vehicles for the State of Qatar, aiming to secure the country’s needs of clean energy permanently and regularly, in addition to identifying the alternatives to secure it, thus contributing effectively to achieving Qatar’s 2nd National Development Strategy (2018- 2022) and QNV2030.