The so-called group of 40 senators has urged the government to review its plan to purchase 3,183 new public buses fuelled by natural gas for vehicles (NGV), saying it was too expensive and put a burden on the government and the people.
Senator Paibul Nititawan, leader of the 40 Senators group, said on Monday in a senate meeting that the government will not only have to pay for the cost of the buses, estimated to be more than 13 billion baht, but it will also be subjected to almost 14 billion baht in maintenance costs. As a result, public bus services will become more expensive, rising from 10 baht to 13 baht.
Mr Paibul suggested the use of public buses powered by batteries as an alternative because these buses cost less to purchase and fix and also are more environment-friendly.
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