Malta Public Transport today received the third and final delivery of 62 new buses.

This brings the total of new buses to 142 in time for the launch of new routes, planned to take effect on Sunday. (The new routes are being opposed by the General Workers Union, which warned it will order industrial action).

The first delivery of 80 buses was delivered earlier this summer. These buses were immediately put into service increasing the overall capacity of the network. 

The buses, purposely built for MPT by Turkish company Otakar, are shorter and narrower than the older buses already in the network, some of which are being replaced. The new buses are easier to maneuver on certain routes. They have so far received very positive comments from drivers and the public.  

MPT said the Otokar buses are low floor, providing easy access for wheelchairs and less mobile passengers. The buses have a capacity of 60 passengers and are equipped with Euro 6 engines.

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