Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oops, wrong engine

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Egged's sleek new urban buses are so long that some folks call them train-buses.
You see a few of them on certain routes in Jerusalem.
They are even longer than the regular articulated "accordion" buses.
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"Egged aspires to be a pioneer in the reduction of air pollution by purchasing buses equipped with Euro 3 engines, using ultra-low sulfur fuel
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But oi, what's this? While searching for information I happened to find an article in today's Jerusalem Post saying that "The Environmental Protection Ministry submitted an indictment in the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court against the Egged bus company for air pollution last week . . ."
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Apparently there are big differences between the Euro 3, 4, and 5 emissions standards; and the environment ministry claims that Egged went and bought 168 buses which are not of the most up to date standard.
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Oi.
Oh well, I still think they are pretty.
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14 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

The wheels on the bus go round and round....
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.....
The doors on the bus go open and closed....
The people on the bus go up and down.....
Yes, a children's song we used to sing around here....

Al said...

That is a neat-looking bus. All we have where I live are old buses.

Theanne and Baron said...

There's always a fly in the ointment, is there? The buses are quite interesting!

Cloudia said...

yes, very pretty!



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Joyful said...

They look about as long as the accordion buses we have here. It sure helps to move our population around.

VP said...

I have already read something about this, but it was about some Italian city. Anyway you are right, the bus is really sleek and elegant!

Tamera said...

Yes I agree they're very interesting looking buses! Even if they do pollute more than claimed.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for joining. Three days ago they reached the number of 1182028!
The buses look very pretty. Hopefully they really reduce the air pollution.

Hels said...

oops Egged forgot to do its pre-testing and didn't meet the emission standards. I hope they haven't fully paid for the 168 buses yet, at least until the Environmental Protection Ministry signs off on the issue.

Virginia said...

Leif started it....."The babies on the bus say Waa Waa Waa..." :)

I like them too. Took a bendy bus from CDG to Paris in January. It was fun going around corners.
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Rob and Mandy said...

I suppose Egged will probably prefer paying the NIS 400.000 fine, rather than change 168 engines: much cheaper... Yep, 15 years, they say...
Signed: a former heavy user of the company. Still waiting for my frequent traveler card, lol!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

They are beautiful-- unless one is driving behind or beside them!

Kay said...

We have a few of those extended buses over here too. Ooops... Art just told me they're called articulated buses.

Eki said...

YEs, they look pretty. I would love to have them here (the bus, not the engine. :))

A sideline note: Well, companies need to make a good face for themselves. They need an outsider to tell them they are not up to a particular standard yet.