West Yorkshire’s Mybus yellow
school buses are now cleaner and greener after the 119-strong ‘Euro 3’ fleet
was fitted with clean bus technology over the summer.
£1m successful bid
After a successful
£1m bid to the Department for Transport for a ‘Clean Bus Technology’ grant, the
West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) carried out a retrofit of Selective Catalytic Reduction Technology (SCRT) on the vehicles to reduce emissions and make them cleaner and greener to the
latest European standards
out as part of a planned mid-life upgrade programme for the Mybus fleet, the retrofit to the ‘Euro 3’ vehicles’ exhaust systems is reducing emissions of NOx (oxides of
nitrogen) and PM (Particulate Matter) by over 90%. In addition, every yellow
bus is now fitted with the 'GreenRoad' Eco-driving driver
performance management system, which helps the drivers to drive in a more
fuel-efficient manner, thereby further reducing emissions.
Combined Authority Chair Cllr Peter Box said, “Young people
are especially susceptible to the potential adverse health effects of vehicle
emissions so fitting this technology to school buses is particularly beneficial.
“As these vehicles operate in the vicinity of the school gate, there will also
be further health benefits for children who walk or cycle to school as well as
for waiting parents and those children boarding and alighting buses.”
Visiting Carr Manor Community School in Leeds to see one of the new buses, Combined
Authority Transport Committee Chairman Cllr James Lewis said, “Research has
shown that an estimated 22% of the journeys made on West Yorkshire’s yellow
buses were previously made by car, which means that Mybus has already
contributed to reduced emissions around the county’s schools
119 buses with this clean bus technology will further
reduce those emissions.”
To complete the
project, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority matched the £1m Department for
Transport ‘Clean Bus Technology’ grant, with a further £800,000.
As a result of
the refit and mid-life refurbishment, the effective life of the vehicles has
been extended and means they will stay in use for at least a further five