ALSO SPECIFIES AIR RENEWAL STANDARDS
Colombiabus newsroom – ATU / William Marroquín
To facilitate and encourage the incorporation of zero-emission vehicles into Integrated Public Transport Systems, which are also modern and accessible to ensure inclusive mobility for the inhabitants of Lima and Callao, the Urban Transport Authority (ATU) published the Bus Standard Electrical Pattern.
Based on Directorial Resolution 02/2021, which was part of a project that was submitted for discussion, to standardize the characteristics of dimensions, capacities, weights and motor skills, the managing body of transportation in the Peruvian capital published the Directorial Resolution N° 0011-2021-ATU / DIR to be followed by public transport companies wishing to incorporate electric buses and, of course, manufacturers.
The electric buses that are incorporated for transportation in the Lima and Callao area, may have lengths of 9 and 12 meters long for single-body vehicles (midibus and standard), in addition to the articulated and bi-articulated buses that may offer 18 and 27 meters long, respectively. The capacity will start with the 40 passengers of the 9-meter midibus and will reach up to 250 of the double-articulated bus. Likewise, its battery packs must allow a range of at least 200 kilometers.
The permitted vehicle weights will start at the maximum 18,000Kg allowed for the 9-meter bus, up to 42,000Kg for the bi-articulated bus. The angles of attack, the heights from the floor to the passenger lounge, running boards, location of emergency exits are also considered. The units also have defined equipment and locations to facilitate access for people with reduced mobility (ramps, wheelchair lifts, preferential seats and for those traveling with live aid, etc.)
An important section is the renewal of the air inside the vehicles, having to be equipped with forced mechanical ventilation systems that allow fresh air to be delivered and to expel the stale at least 30 times per hour. Fans, inductors and extractors must consider a continuous work day of 14 hours. The master buses will also have an air conditioning system, as well as a biosafety system (which includes temperature gauges when entering the bus) and video surveillance cameras (to view the interior and exterior of the unit).
Speakers and signs will also be included for the transmission of variable information to the users of the service, acoustic alerts, racks for the transfer of bicycles in the front of the vehicle, among other features that will optimize the experience and improve the quality of the service in favor of the Username.
The publication of this standard is the product of a process of dialogue, learning and feedback with operators, entrepreneurs and local and international authorities. In this way, it is expected to offer the best conditions for the new buses that come to operate in the integrated transportation system for the nearly 11 million inhabitants of Lima and Callao.