Jul 27, 2014, 1:03 PM
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2,000 dilapidated buses plying inTehran

Tehran, July 27, IRNA - Of over 6,500 buses that are plying on Tehran’s streets, 2,000 are dilapidated, said the managing director of Tehran Bus Company.

Payman Sanandaji added no new buses have been handed over to the company in the last four years, according to Sunday's edition of 'Iran Daily'.

To phase out dilapidated buses from Tehran’s streets, he said 1,000 new buses should be added to the city’s transport fleet annually.

He noted close cooperation between Tehran Municipality and government will lead to renovating the city’s bus fleet.

Sanandaji said with the beginning of new academic year (to start Sept. 23), demand for intracity transports is expected to increase significantly.

He hoped a number of new buses will be added to Tehran fleet by the end of the summer. “Operations to renovate 450 intracity buses have been launched in Tehran,” he said.

Head of the Department of Environment (DOE( Masoumeh Ebtekar said earlier that substandard vehicles and fuels are the main sources of air pollution in large cities, especially Tehran.

She noted that unfortunately vehicle and fuel production technologies have not been developed in accordance with world standards in recent years.

“Dilapidated vehicles should be taken off the roads of Tehran and other large cities of the country,” she said.

Ebtekar also said auto manufacturers are obliged to upgrade the quality of their products to Euro-4 standards by June 2014.