SUCCESSFUL 8TH EDITION OF BUSWORLD INDIA
With more exhibitors and visitors than ever before Busworld India 2018 concluded successfully on the 31st of August. In the three day bus exhibition over 115 exhibitors participated . Busworld India 2018, saw participation of the entire spectrum of vehicle, body, ancillary and parts manufacturers, service providers, integrators and operators. Over 8,000 business visited Busworld India at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru.
A clear new trend in Busworld India could not be ignored: The public transport system in India is getting more and more ready to electrify their bus fleet. Several exhibitors had a special focus on electric vehicles. Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, dr. G. Parmeshwara, announced in his opening speech that the government is willing to look at a restructuring of taxes on the public transport system. India with its booming economy with a growth rate of 7% and a budget deficit of 3% - better then some EU-countries - is preparing a major step in energy transition and thus also a renewal of the bus fleet from (old) diesels to electric driven buses. Mr. Parmeshwara brought back some memories about the transportation in his youth in Bengaluru. From buses with benches instead of seats, running on a mixture of diesel and kerosene to electric much cleaner diesel engines and electric in this era. “Technology is now much better, but technology should reach everybody. The roads in Bengaluru are not build to accommodate the numbers of vehicles that are making use of it. We have 6000 buses running every day, we started to build a metro system of which phase I is completed and phase II is underway. There is a proposal to change all the buses to electric buses and we will definitely look into restructuring the taxes on public transport.” This statement was welcomed with a warm applause.
Mr. Didier Ramoudt, President of Busworld International, said that Busworld India 2018 broke all records. The exhibition was powered by the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU), which also organized a day filled with interesting conferences with several topics from 'Electrification of Public Transport', Digitization and Accessible Public Transport for People with Disabilities. Also the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of BOCI was organised the first day of the exhibition and witnessed participation by 1,200 BOCI members from across India. Furthermore, the exhibition was also supported by industry bodies like the ‘International Centre for Automotive Technology’ (ICAT) and the ‘Automotive Research Association of India’ (ARAI). The next edition of Busworld India takes place in August 2020 in Bengaluru.