NGC CNG Company Limited has started to distribute incentives to maxi taxi, taxi, and private school bus owners who have transitioned to CNG.
Several drivers who recently converted their vehicles to operate on CNG as their fuel of choice, or bought CNG powered vehicles, were presented with fuel cards by officials of NGC CNG.
The Company is mandated by the government to accelerate the use of CNG as a vehicular fuel, as well as increase the number of CNG fuelling points across the country.
Earlier this year NGC CNG offered the following incentives to vehicle owners to encourage them to switch:
- $5000 in free CNG for taxi drivers who convert to CNG
- $30,000 (large maxi) or $20,000 (small maxi) in free CNG for maxi taxi drivers who convert to CNG
- $7,500 in free CNG to registered members of the Private School Transport Association of Trinidad and Tobago (PSTATT) who convert to CNG
- $15,000 in free CNG to registered members of the Private School Transport Association of Trinidad and Tobago (PSTATT) who purchase an OEM CNG vehicle.
The free CNG is being administered via a Scotiabank fuel card.
Drivers in receipt of the incentive simply have to fill up with CNG and then swipe their card at CNG service stations.
At the card handing over ceremony NGC CNG officials congratulated the first batch of 7 recipients.
“This fits in well with the NGC CNG programme. This is different than free CNG conversions, now your vehicle is fuelled by CNG and you don’t have a fuel bill for 1-2 years” said NGC CNG.
Among the recipients on Wednesday were 2 PSTATT drivers, 4 taxi drivers and the Trinidad & Tobago Association for the Hearing Impaired, which purchased a CNG Omnibus recently.
Taxi driver Ashmeed Mohammed was elated to receive the card.
He said, “When deciding to make the switch to CNG, this incentive tipped the scales heavily in favour of my decision. I’m now looking forward to reducing my fuel bill, now that I’m on CNG.”
NGC CNG expects to offer hundreds of these incentives to approved applicants, before the end of 2018.
NGC CNG also offers grants to registered maxi taxi owners who dispose of their existing vehicle to buy a CNG powered replacement and have been taken up by the maxi drivers since September 2016.