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  • The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says work has begun to address the troublesome emissions coming from some of its buses.
  • Deputy Managing Director, Operations, at the JUTC, Kirk Finnikin, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on August 19, said the problem is a direct result of the high sulfur diesel that was previously used in the buses.
  • To date, 33 buses have been fixed, with a similar number left to be repaired.

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says work has begun to address the troublesome emissions coming from some of its buses.

Deputy Managing Director, Operations, at the JUTC, Kirk Finnikin, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on August 19, said the problem is a direct result of the high sulfur diesel that was previously used in the buses.

“We have taken steps to use a different type of fuel [low sulfur diesel] in our buses. This was started [on] November 1 last year and that has been doing well,” he said.

Mr. Finnikin also added that the company is presently undertaking a ‘Replacement Programme’ to change some of the engine components of some buses that suffered damage due to the use of the high sulfur diesel.

In the meantime, Deputy Managing Director, Engineering, John Campbell, told JIS News that the company is expecting a shipment of fuel injectors that, once inserted in the units, will alleviate the current emissions.

To date, 33 buses have been fixed, with a similar number left to be repaired.