Bangkok Post. Thailand’s Transport Ministry has given public transport agencies three weeks in which to come up with plans for the use of natural gas for vehicles (NGV). Khamropluck Surasawadee, deputy permanent secretary for transport, said it was the ministry’s responsibility to demand transport agencies under its jurisdiction ensure their vehicles are capable of using NGV.
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), the Transport Company Ltd and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) have been told to draft plans on the use of NGV in their vehicles within three weeks.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has set a target of having 500,000 public vehicles switched to natural gas-fuelled engines by 2009. The Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) will be the key agency responsible for converting public transport vehicles to NGV and covering the expenses.