Sightseeing buses get green refit to help reduce pollution

Controller John Corti alongside buses which have been fitted with emission reducing technology. Picture: OX66570 Cliff Hide

General manager Jane Marshall

First published in News thisisoxfordshire: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

OXFORD’S buses for tourists are getting greener, thanks to a re-fit costing about £200,000.

The city’s Guide Friday City Sightseeing buses have been fitted with clean exhaust technologies to reduce harmful emissions.

It means the 11 buses in the fleet will meet the requirements of the low emission zone which Oxford City Council introduced in January to encourage environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Jane Marshall, general manager of City Sightseeing Oxford, said: “We have been looking at the various possibilities open to us since the LEZ was proposed in 2006 and have been looking for a company who could retro-fit our differing vehicles to the required standard.

“Our expectations have been exceeded, with reduction levels being higher than anticipated and we now have some of the cleanest traditionally powered buses in the city, something to be very proud of.

“We were always going to make the changes but were grateful for the funding which has helped us to invest in our buses so that we can continue our operation as a leading tourist attraction in Oxford.”

Oxford city centre has long had a problem with pollution.

Nitrogen dioxide levels in particular have not fallen below the European Union target.

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On Saturday the Oxford Mail reported how air pollution was responsible for 276 deaths in the county in 2010, according to Public Health England.

All local bus services within the streets affected by the LEZ must now be operated exclusively by buses whose engines meet the Euro V emission standard.

The tour buses, operated by Tom Tappin Ltd, have had the pollution-reducing technology installed thanks to a grant of £199,995 from the Department of Transport’s Clean Bus Technology Fund.

The city council was one of 16 local authorities to have been given a share of more than £6m from the fund in 2013.

Labour city councillor John Tanner, executive board member for cleaner, greener Oxford, said: “This is another positive step towards improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.

“I’m thrilled to see sightseeing buses becoming more environmentally-friendly.”

Oxford’s other main bus operators, Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach, have already invested in technology to reduce their exhaust emissions to meet the Euro V standards.

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11:28am Tue 15 Apr 14

xenarthra says...

Great! About time too. Now, if they could just learn to move along the High Street at a reasonable speed, and not obstruct the traffic by crawling along at 10mph, all will be well.
Great! About time too. Now, if they could just learn to move along the High Street at a reasonable speed, and not obstruct the traffic by crawling along at 10mph, all will be well. xenarthra
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12:20pm Tue 15 Apr 14

melyn am byth says...

“I’m thrilled to see sightseeing buses becoming more environmentally-frie
ndly.”

Thrilled.
verb (used with object)
1.
to affect with a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, as to produce a tremor or tingling sensation through the body.

Wow, everyday life must be so exhausting for him.

These buses are a nuisance, I curse out loud whenever I come up behind one.
“I’m thrilled to see sightseeing buses becoming more environmentally-frie ndly.” Thrilled. verb (used with object) 1. to affect with a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, as to produce a tremor or tingling sensation through the body. Wow, everyday life must be so exhausting for him. These buses are a nuisance, I curse out loud whenever I come up behind one. melyn am byth
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1:44pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Patrick, Devon says...

In Brugge, Belgium, they use horse drawn carriages for sight seeing. And, the chips and ice cream are much better too.
In Brugge, Belgium, they use horse drawn carriages for sight seeing. And, the chips and ice cream are much better too. Patrick, Devon
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2:11pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Myron Blatz says...

So why were tourist buses (which carry fare-paying passengers) not forced to comply with the City and EU emmissions legislation, and why should public money be used to upgrade these knackered old buses (many only fit for the scrapyard) for commercial gain and profit?
So why were tourist buses (which carry fare-paying passengers) not forced to comply with the City and EU emmissions legislation, and why should public money be used to upgrade these knackered old buses (many only fit for the scrapyard) for commercial gain and profit? Myron Blatz
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3:08pm Tue 15 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Patrick - horse traction comes with 'emissions' too you know... although these can be abated through judicious deployment of a bucket and shovel ;-)

Good point Myron - the regular bus companies had to comply with the LEZ from 01 Jan 14 so the tour companies appear to have had a derogation. Maybe they successfully contested that providing a stage services is below a certain %age of their turnover.
Patrick - horse traction comes with 'emissions' too you know... although these can be abated through judicious deployment of a bucket and shovel ;-) Good point Myron - the regular bus companies had to comply with the LEZ from 01 Jan 14 so the tour companies appear to have had a derogation. Maybe they successfully contested that providing a stage services is below a certain %age of their turnover. King Joke
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7:14pm Tue 15 Apr 14

angelox99 says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
So why were tourist buses (which carry fare-paying passengers) not forced to comply with the City and EU emmissions legislation, and why should public money be used to upgrade these knackered old buses (many only fit for the scrapyard) for commercial gain and profit?
Same could be said for you Myron Blatz!!!

Knackered and ready for the scrapheap!!
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: So why were tourist buses (which carry fare-paying passengers) not forced to comply with the City and EU emmissions legislation, and why should public money be used to upgrade these knackered old buses (many only fit for the scrapyard) for commercial gain and profit?[/p][/quote]Same could be said for you Myron Blatz!!! Knackered and ready for the scrapheap!! angelox99
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