The oldest and most polluting buses in Syracuse

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In the province of Syracuse, buses are older and more polluting than elsewhere.
National and local data are circulating from the second edition of the Observatory on the macro-trends of heavy transport, a Continental report on the sector of means for the transport of goods and people.
With regard to public transport buses, in the reference year of the investigation, namely 2021, the province of Syracuse shows a decline in registrations: only three new buses.
“The heavy goods vehicle sector in Italy closed 2021 with 24,168 registrations, up 23.2% compared to 2020 – says the Continental report -.
Sicily follows the positive trend and marks an increase of 41.4%, registering 1,513 new vehicles.
Syracuse is the only province in decline with -32% and 66 new license plates ”.
Same trend for people transport: “The national passenger transport sector shows an important sign of growth, with 4,091 vehicles registered in 2021 compared to 3,404 in 2020 (+ 20.2%).
Among the negative regions – continues the report – Sicily recorded a decline of -42.3% and 112 license plates ”.
Only three new vehicles registered in Syracuse.
It should be added, however, outside the report, that the previous year – 2020 – the local public transport company, Ast, registered seven new vehicles that run in the city.
On weekends three of them are used in the service of the two lines, Blue and Red, of shuttles in support of the Ztl of Ortigia.
Another five, however, are used for student transport to Sortino.
These are Euro 6 vehicles, therefore of a new generation with zero environmental impact.
But it was a parenthesis in the midst of years of decay.
Returning to the Continental report, regarding power supply: Syracuse has a high percentage of electric buses, they just don’t run.
Will they be the ones that the Municipality buys and leaves closed in the workshop? “For alternative sources, electricity in Sicily reaches 0.8%.

Diesel is just over 95% and methane is 3.4%, ”says the report.
He adds: “Syracuse marks the highest percentage in the region for electric vehicles (3%), even if the fleet in circulation remains almost exclusively made up of diesel vehicles (95.3%)”.
Euro categories.
Even here we are not there: “In Syracuse the Euro 0 buses double the Euro 5 and 6”.
Against an increase in Italy, compared to 2020, in the percentage of buses belonging to the Euro 5 and Euro 6 categories, which stood at 42.3%, “the share of Euro 0 category buses still in circulation is negatively surprising: ’11, 8% of the park.
Well above the national average, in Sicily Euro 0 reach 20.1% while Euro 5 and Euro 6 at 28.1%.
In the province of Syracuse, the rate of Euro 0, 1 and 2 is close to 57%, reaching the highest figure at the regional level, where only Euro 0 exceed 34%.
Consistently, the province records only 17.6% for the younger classes, the lowest rate “.
Finally seniority: Syracuse is in last place for the presence of buses with less than 5 years of age.
“In Sicily, the age bracket of over 20 years is growing considerably compared to the national one (38.2% compared to 26.9%).
In the region, vehicles with a maximum age of 5 years slightly exceed 13%.
Syracuse has a percentage of buses over 20 years of age which is close to 55%, marking the highest percentage in the region.

The province also ranks last for the presence of young vehicles, from 0 to 5 years, registering only 5.5% “.
These are the raw data.
Against which some things must be remembered.
The public transport crisis in the municipality of Syracuse has its origin in an operating contract, which the Region stipulates with the Ast on behalf of the Municipality (to which Palermo transfers the monthly sums to be allocated to the manager) and which since 2010 has suffered a drastic resizing.
In the face of that reduction in funds, Ast was no longer able to guarantee the service and mileage stipulated, so much so that it immediately requested termination.
At the same time, by decree, she was ordered from Palermo to extend the service.
On an operating cost of 4 euros per kilometer, Ast began to receive 1.80.
The consequence could not fail to reflect on the service.
Even in the face of the fact that the Municipality has not intervened to integrate (as happened elsewhere).


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