Gauteng taxis go green

2011-04-08 16:20

Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government and the South African National Taxi Association Council (Santaco) embarked on a "green" partnership on Friday in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

In terms of the partnership, a R3m pilot project will see minibus taxis in the province operate dually on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and petrol.

Initially, 70 dual-fuel taxis will take part in this project, operating in northern Pretoria and Tembisa.

The project findings show an 11% reduction in the carbon dioxide levels when switching the vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas.

Tests showed a 31% drop in levels of carbon monoxide, the harmful gas that can cause various forms of cancer.

Taxis transport more than 14 million people daily and the projects aims to reduce emissions substantially.

Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng MEC for economic development, hailed the initiative as a positive development towards achieving the objectives of a green economy

"This project has the potential to significantly advance our objective to create a 'low carbon economy'. SA's most recent Country Report to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development noted with concern our over-reliance on 'dirty energy'," Mahlangu said.

Strategic relationships were established with Santaco and the South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri).

In addition, Sasol was brought on board due to its liquefied petroleum gas programme in SA.

After a robust vehicle selection process, 70 minibus taxis were converted to operate dually on petrol as well as liquefied petroleum gas over a three-month period.

A liquefied petroleum gas vehicle conversion specialist was appointed to conduct the conversion process, using the latest generation conversion kits, which were imported from Germany.

  • alexander.lombard - 2011-04-08 16:44

    Wait til they swap it for nitros oxide. We will see some new tricks then

  • kidblack - 2011-04-08 16:46

    great. now all it takes is two more unkept, unroadworthy taxis with catalytic convertors sold for drinking money, and all this "carbon saving" is rendered pointless.

  • jowza - 2011-04-08 16:48


  • Ascendo Tuum - 2011-04-08 17:00

    Great to see emphasis being aimed at the right problem once again. Please don't police the taxis more efficiently by checking licences and roadworthy-ness or criminal driving manners. But at least when a child gets squashed by a taxi going through yet another red light, the parents can sleep soundly at night knowing that at least their child was murdered by a green vehicle which splattered their offspring without harming the environment

  • Old Man - 2011-04-08 17:10

    I smell a rat. The taxi industry acting in other people's interests? Call me cynical, but unless there's financial reward involved, I can't see what would motivate them to "go green".

  • pene.kimber - 2011-04-08 18:23

    Who cares if they "go green". It is about the driver not the vehicle. It is the traffic department to pull all unroadworthy taxi's off the road.

  • Redwine - 2011-04-09 12:21

    We are well behind on this one. Even in India where pollution is very bad it is now compulsary to be on LPG for taxis and busses. I wish they would expand the program in SA since it is a very viable cheap alterntive form of fuel.

  • mavusi - 2011-05-08 07:34

    I think this is a smart move, especially since we gonna held the summit in Dec on this issue of renewable energy. Some how i think that it is important to indicate that we as the country are taking step towards the use of Green Energy.

      Lump of coal - 2011-05-12 08:21

      We hold a summit on renewable energy and then like MANTO we make daft statements. Perhaps "Eish we load shed to cut down on usage and our advisors have calculated that when the lights they are switched off we save more on eemmisssions !!!!!"

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