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New operator may use second hand buses, subject to conditions

The new bus service operator may use second-hand buses subject to a number of conditions laid down in the call for tenders for the service, Transport Minister Austin Gatt said in Parliament today.

He said that such buses have to be withdrawn from the roads in Malta when they are 15 years old and they have to meet engine emission requirements which lay down that: In Malta, at least 70 per cent of buses must have Euro III compliant engines while the rest have to be Euro IV complaint in the first year.

By the second year, 50% of the engines must be Euro IV compliant, and by the fourth year, all engines must be Euro IV compliant.

In Gozo, all buses must be Euro IV compliant immediately, and they must be Euro V complaint after five years.

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