HCM City's eco-friendly buses face fuel shortage

After several years of using eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) to fuel some of its fleet, HCM City’s public bus system is now on the verge of a fuel shortage as the only supplier plans to reduce supply, Tuổi Trẻ newspaper has reported.

HCM City targets 75% of buses with clean fuel by 2020
Modern bus stops put into use in HCM City

HCM City's eco-friendly buses face fuel shortage
A bus connecting HCM City National University and Le Hong Phong Street that uses eco-friendly compressed natural gas. Photo tuoitre.vn

HCM City authorities have set a goal of replacing diesel-burning buses with CNG-fuelled ones to protect the environment.

CNG is mainly composed of methane and is popularly known as a cleaner fuel as it produces less in the way of harmful emissions.

By 2020, more than 3,100 new buses will be in operation, of which 75 per cent will be CNG vehicles.

At present, 428 of 2,457 of the city's public buses use the gas.

Despite the rising demand for CNG, PV Gas South Company is the only supplier for the whole city.

In late May, the company announced it would reduce by up to 30 per cent the CNG it supplied for public buses in the rest of 2019 to provide gas for electricity generation if requested by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

In case of a fuel cut, the company will notify city authorities only two hours in advance to adjust the public bus operation plan.

Previously, the company’s Dong Nai Province branch asked some public transport operators in HCM City to agree on a new price calculation, saying they would otherwise stop providing CNG. The city operators had no choice but to accept.

 

Responding to the announcement, HCM City Department of Transport said the reduction in CNG supply would disorganise the city's public transportation system and discourage investors who want to upgrade buses to CNG-burning ones.

Therefore, the department asked PV Gas to command PV Gas South Company to consider not reducing the CNG supply for HCM City’s public buses.

Cao Thanh Binh, deputy head of the Department of Economic Budget under the HCM City People’s Council, said the city needed to find two or three additional CNG suppliers to ease its dependence on PV Gas South Company.

According to the HCM City Public Transport Management Centre, PVGazProm wants to provide CNG starting next year.

In HCM City, CNG buses are fuelled at four stations in Tan Binh District, Binh Chanh District and District 12. The procedure is time-consuming, according to operators.

Many buses have to travel tens of kilometres off their usual routes to refuel, but the cost of travel is not subsidised.

Binh asked related departments and agencies to establish more CNG stations.

The public transport management centre plans to build 11 CNG stations, first at Cho Lon Bus Station, District 8, Tan Phu District and Cu Chi District.

VNS

 
 

Other News

.
Vietnam commemorates road traffic victims
Vietnam commemorates road traffic victims
SOCIETYicon  22/11/2021 

The National Traffic Safety Committee, Vietnam Television and Toyota Vietnam jointly hosted a ceremony on November 21 evening to commemorate victims of traffic accidents in Vietnam.

HCM City school classes 9 to 12 to resume next month
HCM City school classes 9 to 12 to resume next month
SOCIETYicon  22/11/2021 

The HCM City Department of Education and Training has recommended that schools should be reopened for fully vaccinated students from grades nine to 12 in COVID-19 low- and medium-risk areas on December 10.

Vietnam reports 9,889 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday
Vietnam reports 9,889 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2021 

Vietnam reported a total of 9,889 new COVID-19 infections and 76 COVID-related deaths on Sunday.

Localities see more locally-transmitted cases of Covid-19
Localities see more locally-transmitted cases of Covid-19
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2021 

According to the Ministry of Health’s report, Vietnam has put the epidemic under its control nationwide.

HCM City seeks 1.66b USD to build affordable housing for workers
HCM City seeks 1.66b USD to build affordable housing for workers
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2021 

HCMC authorities are seeking 37.6 trillion VND (1.66 billion USD) to build affordable housing for workers over the next five years, of which State revenue will account for no more than 5 percent of the total investment.

HCMC proposes to receive 100,000 more Molnupiravir doses
HCMC proposes to receive 100,000 more Molnupiravir doses
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2021 

Ho Chi Minh City has asked for 100,000 more Molnupiravir doses.

Vietnamese children learn how to deal with harmful ‘challenges’ online
Vietnamese children learn how to deal with harmful ‘challenges’ online
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2021 

A study conducted in Vietnam and some countries shows that minors are likely to be exposed to toxic challenges online. What should parents do to reduce the risks?

Buildings and landmarks in Vietnam are lighting up blue for children
Buildings and landmarks in Vietnam are lighting up blue for children
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2021 

Light Up Blue for World Children’s Day is a global initiative. Many buildings in Vietnam's largest cities joined the initiative this year.

HCM City primary schools to have common video lessons
HCM City primary schools to have common video lessons
SOCIETYicon  20/11/2021 

Video lessons made by outstanding primary school teachers identified by local education officials will be used by all primary schools in HCM City.

HCM City proposes 7-day quarantine for F0 at concentrated facilities
HCM City proposes 7-day quarantine for F0 at concentrated facilities
SOCIETYicon  20/11/2021 

Ho Chi Minh City has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Health allowing it to cut short the concentrated quarantine time for F0 cases to seven days.

Vietnam holds ceremony to commemorate pandemic victims
Vietnam holds ceremony to commemorate pandemic victims
SOCIETYicon  20/11/2021 

A ceremony was held simultaneously at 8 am on November 19 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Nov. 19 to commemorate those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Companion Physicians’ and their lofty mission of saving lives
‘Companion Physicians’ and their lofty mission of saving lives
FEATUREicon  21/11/2021 

After 10 days and nights of preparation, at 11 am on August 1, 2021, Dr Le Tuan Thanh received a message that “the system is through” and burst into tears. “I knew we could do something for HCM City residents,” he said.

Violations of Hippocratic Oath found in cases in healthcare sector
Violations of Hippocratic Oath found in cases in healthcare sector
FEATUREicon  20/11/2021 

A number of famous doctors have recently had to pay a heavy price for their breaking of the Hippocratic Oath, which they recited at their medical school graduation ceremonies.

Nation must never forget silent sacrifice made in COVID-19 fight
Nation must never forget silent sacrifice made in COVID-19 fight
SOCIETYicon  19/11/2021 

Many key workers such as police officers, soldiers, and nurses have died during the country’s fight against COVID-19, and their silent sacrifice should be honoured nationwide.

Hanoi lifts quarantine requirement for people from high-risk areas
Hanoi lifts quarantine requirement for people from high-risk areas
SOCIETYicon  19/11/2021 

The Hanoi City government has lifted quarantine requirement for people coming from high-risk areas, just two days after it was imposed and sparked controversy.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 20
VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 20
SOCIETYicon  20/11/2021 

Memorial ceremony held for COVID-19 victims

Health Ministry proposes free Covid-19 vaccination until late 2022
Health Ministry proposes free Covid-19 vaccination until late 2022
SOCIETYicon  19/11/2021 

The Ministry of Health submitted a plan on the purchase and use of Covid-19 vaccines in the 2021-2022 period, including the recommendation on offering free Covid-19 vaccines for people until the end of 2022.

Mekong Delta sees dramatic rise in new COVID-19 cases
Mekong Delta sees dramatic rise in new COVID-19 cases
SOCIETYicon  19/11/2021 

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Can Tho has posted a record number of daily new COVID-19 cases, with the number of cases reaching 712 on Wednesday, according to the municipal Department of Health.

HCM City order urgent shut-down of entertainment venues
HCM City order urgent shut-down of entertainment venues
SOCIETYicon  19/11/2021 

HCM City People’s Committee on November 18 announced the immediate shut-down of bars, karaoke parlours, spas, and massage venues due to complicated developments of the COVID-19 outbreak in the city.

Hanoi: mobile clinics to treat mild Covid cases
Hanoi: mobile clinics to treat mild Covid cases
FEATUREicon  18/11/2021 

Hanoi has changed its view about the treatment of positive Covid cases and the home quarantine of their close contacts.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN