BRT buses friendly to environment

By a Correspondent, Dar es Salaam
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses has been explained as friendly to environment especially in reducing emission of carbon gases which are harmful to human beings, animals and plants.
Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr. Saidi Meck Sadiki said that when addressing the workshop on Cleaner Vehicle Standards Initiatives for Healthy Cities yesterday in Dar es Salaam.
Mr. Sadiki who was represented by Ilala District Commissioner, Mr. Raymond Mushi said BRT buses have been tested and qualified as friendly to environment, something he said was good for Tanzania.
“This will help in reducing carbon emissions whose effects are bad to our environment,” he said.
He called upon responsible authorities in the country to make sure that they tighten regulations and make sure that cars that enter Tanzania meet required standards.
“Authorities such as Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS); Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and EWURA should make sure that vehicles enter our country have required qualities to keep our environment clean,” the RC said.
He also urged citizens to be ready to use BRT buses as a way to help reduce number of old cars from roads which contribute a lot in polluting environment.
The Dar es Salaam Rapid Bus Transit (Dart) Agency, Ms. Asteria Mlambo said BRT projects are known to bring relief to environments whenever they are implemented because of keeping off the road many obsolete cars.
“I appeal other towns and cities in our country to have a long term plan for such projects,” she explained.
She noted that BRT projects were unavoidable especially now when population is fast growing in cities.
A Programme Officer, Transport Unit at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Jane Akumu said old cars emit gases which are harmful to environment and advised African governments to adhere to standards when procuring vehicles.
“Standards should be adhered to keep and safeguard our environment,” she said.
The workshop was organized by DART Agency and UNEP and attended by experts from various Cities and towns in the country.  Also available were representatives of TBS, TRA and EWURA.