ACT gets Euro 6

The first Euro 6 buses have been launched in Canberra as part of the Action bus fleet

ACT gets Euro 6
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury (left) with Scania’s Trevor O'Brien

The first of 77 new Euro 6 buses for Canberra have been launched as Action becomes the first city bus operators in Australia to use the greener buses.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury officially launched the buses this week, which are the first in the country to meet the strict Euro 6 emissions standard.

"ACTION is the first city bus operator in Australia to use these improved, greener buses which will significantly decrease particle pollution and Nitrogen Oxide emissions from Action’s bus fleet," he says.

"Over the next four years, 77 new more environmentally friendly buses will be progressively delivered replacing Action’s ageing Renaults, some of which are now up to 25 years old. 

"The new buses are fuel efficient and produce minimal harmful pollutants. They’ll help keep Canberra’s air clean and reduce pollution."

The Euro 6 diesel buses emit approximately 80 per cent less Nitrogen Oxide and 90 per cent fewer ‘diesel particulates’ than the previous Euro 5 engine models. 

The new buses are also wheelchair accessible, increasing the number of easy access buses in the fleet.

"The fleet upgrades are an important part of making public transport a more attractive option for getting around Canberra," he says.

The bus chassis’ are provided by manufacturer Scania Australia and the bodies of the buses were built in Adelaide, South Australia.

Scania Australia National Bus Manager Government Contracts Trevor O’Brien says each of the buses with this technology will make a significant impression in the reduction of air pollution caused by older bus engines in and around Canberra.

"By extension, as we roll out further Euro 6 compliant buses in other capital cities, a dent will be made in the amount of air-borne pollution emanating from older bus engines," he says.

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