By Sulah Kagugube
The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has on Monday morning, partnered with Kiira Motors Corporation to use Kayoola Buses to transport staff workers freely, for 8 weeks.
This was revealed by the Ag. Director General of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority Fred Bamwesigye at the launch of the transport system held at Entebbe International airport.
According to Director General , Kiira Motors Corporation offered and received acceptance from UCAA to pilot the Kayoola EVS-Low-Floor Electric Bus with Uganda Civil Aviation Authority to transport the company staff to and from the Airport on a daily basis.
“From the feedback we received so far from the users and what management has also experienced during the initial ride from head office to the airport, Kayoola Buses are a welcome addition that will provide some solutions to Uganda’s road transport industry,” Bamwesigye says.
Kayoola Bus is fully Electric motor vehicle. It is specifically designed for Urban Mass Transportation.
Once fully charged, the bus has a range of up to 300 kilometers, which covers the Entebbe – Kampala return journey.
The buses have a sitting capacity is 90 people. They complement air transport operations and beef up road transport by providing more options to arriving and departing passengers in connecting to the city.
“It is even more pertinent that the bus is environmentally friendly because it is electric powered, which rules out the burning of diesel and the associated pollution,” Bamwesigye says.
Allan Muhumuza, the Kiira Motor Corporation marketing manager says, the buses also ensure the state of safety and assistive technology for people with special needs. “The machines have special seats and a ramp for easy boarding and off-boarding of people in wheelchairs and other disabled people.”
The Institution of the Kayoola Buses compliment the already initiated efforts by the Aviation Regulator to reduce carbon emissions a Entebbe International Airport. The efforts have also seen ground handling companies introduce electric machines away from the fuel consuming ground handling machines while at the country’s gateway.