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26. May 2015

Many public transport buses in Hungary are very obsolete, and emit a huge amount of harmful diesel particles. The lack of proper maintenance of the buses is making pollution even worse. In a number of cases diesel fumes can be smelt even inside the bus, where PM concentration is sometimes 5 times higher than on the nearby sidewalk and 20 times higher than the background urban pollution. CAAG campaigned for the renewal of the bus fleet, for the use of particle filters on medium aged buses, and for better maintenance of the buses.

CAAG made a call on Facebook and in the media to citizens asking them to report, if they smell exhaust fumes inside a bus. CAAG received more than 30 such complaints, and forwarded them to the Budapest public transport company BKV. BKV promised to repair these buses.

The picture is from CAAG’s Facebook page. It says: “What should you do, if you smell diesel fume in a bus?”

Judit Madarassy / CAAG

13. May 2015

The 2014 mobility survey for the Basque capital city Vitoria-Gasteiz shows the city's share of cycling has almost doubled in three years. From 6.8% in 2011 it rose to 12.3% in 2014. This is the highest confirmed mode share of cycling in a Spanish city and... »More

30. April 2015

On 29 of April 2015 the UK Supreme Court decided in a lawsuit filed by the lawyer organisaton ClientEarth against the UK government concerning the ongoing exceedance of limit values. The UK has been breaching legal limits for nitrogen dioxide since 2010... »More

18. April 2015

On the 31st of March, BUND has published "Sootfree Cities", a ranking which graded the efforts of 23 major European cities to improve air quality. With this ranking, the Sootfree for the Climate campaign and the Clean Air project highlight how European... »More

09. April 2015

Already today ships are responsible for 13 percent of diesel soot emissions worldwide. Until 2050 this number could even triple, says a current study of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The situation in the Arctic is especially... »More

08. April 2015

The German environmental organisation NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) published a study on the use of scrubbers for ships in order to reduce the sulphur content in the ships’ fumes evaluates the technology badly: The ecological risks for... »More

07. April 2015

The last workshop of the project “Clean Air in Ports” took place in Gdansk, Poland, on March 19th 2015 during the conference “Transport Week”. Speakers from four European countries presented and discussed air pollution in ports and measures against it. ... »More

04. April 2015

10 o’clock in the morning. Budapest. Bus 9. There are around thirty passengers including elders and babies as well. The interior of the bus is filled with exhaust gas. In every stop passengers are trying to get closer to the doors to take at least a sip... »More

03. April 2015

CAAG advocates for the introduction of electric buses in Hungary since the beginning of the LIFE project. One important step was made in this direction in March when public transport users in Budapest could test for 3 weeks a trial version of an electric... »More

31. March 2015

Local public transport plays a crucial role for cities, communities and their inhabitants in various regards. For many people it is a good alternative to owning a car and thus enables a self-determined mobility – while being less noisy and safer. At the... »More