“As many as 1,600 cabs of Sharjah Taxi will be switched to CNG within two years,” said Director-General of Sharjah Transport Abdullah Al Zari. “The remaining 3,200 cabs of the other franchise companies (Emirates, Union and Citi) will be converted starting from 2015.”
To support this transition, there are plans to install fueling stations. Al Zari already told Khaleej Times that one of the facilities, located in the Al Azra area, close to Sharjah Transport headquarters, is almost completed. In addition, three more CNG stations will be built.
The project is aimed at cutting fuel fumes and carbon emissions by 30 per cent to protect public health and ensure a quality air environment in the emirate. “Studies show that Phase-1 of the scheme (1,600 cabs) will help drop annual carbon dioxide emissions by 52 tons in comparison to 160 tons by the end of Phase-2 of the project (4,800 cabs),” added Al Zari.