October 11, 2020. The head of the Ministry of Mobility of the Government of the Mexican State of Colima, Rafael Martínez Brun, announced that the agency he heads seeks to close the six-year term of the current administration of the Governor Ignacio Peralta with the renewal of about 150 urban public transport trucks, which are contemplated to operate with natural gas.
Martínez Brun explained that this project is included in a study carried out by the Ministry for a year and a half with public transport concessionaires in Colima and private companies, in order, through the National Bank of Public Works and Services (Banobras), to access resources and make adjustments to the service.
The official said that the vehicles to be acquired run on natural gas and would stop using diesel, a situation that he considered would benefit in two aspects: lower the cost of fuel for truck owners and “it would not be so polluted.”
“The changes are mainly in the routes and in the vehicles. It is no longer a question of traveling with diesel or gasoline, but with natural gas. The study is giving us a business plan that will be presented to the dealers. Natural gas in Colima capital is around eight pesos and diesel at almost 19 pesos, and they don’t pollute as much. What we want is to start in the three systems, the entrepreneurs are excited because there is the possibility of obtaining credits for this, since a trust would be formed where everything would be transparent,” explained Martínez Brun.
The Mexican official mentioned that the objective is to have the new trucks in the first half of 2021. He specified that they will also seek to remove from circulation taxis that do not comply with the regulations to operate.