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