Victoria tour buses urged to go green

Bus companies get two years to park downtown, but must look into cleaner technologies for buses

Victoria councillors are giving downtown tour bus operators two years to come up with more environmentally friendly innovations.

Four bus companies were recommended to use dedicated parking space downtown for a two-year term at Thursday’s governance and priorities committee meeting.

“We gave a very strong message to staff to create incentives for low emissions and low-noise vehicles in the future,” said Coun. Lisa Helps.

“But you can’t just tell a company to change their fleet.”

Staff had recommended a three-year term for parking space allotment.

Councillors also considered a proposal from a local business owner to use low-speed electric vehicles, but the proponent was unable to provide sufficient evidence the vehicles complied with provincial safety standards.