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Two large capacity trams were chosen for the trial, which run mostly on lines 6 and 8. Samples were taken from parts of the tram most occupied by bacteria, and taken to a laboratory for tests. These tests will be repeated after two months to assess whether the spray has caused any improvement. Photos: DPMB.

Brno, Feb 4 (BD) – Brno Transport Company (DPMB) began trials this weekend of protective anti-bacterial spray on two Brno trams. The spray is designed to reduce the risk of infections being transmitted between passengers, by killing pathogenic organisms. The effectiveness of the spray will be evaluated after two months of operation. According to expert opinion issued by the National Institute of Public Health, the spray should eliminate the occurrence of bacteria and yeast.

“We transport a million people a day and want public transport to be a safe place for them. We have been monitoring and testing trends in this area over the long term. Based on the results of microbiological analysis, we will assess whether the technology could have a positive impact in an environment where a large number of people gather naturally. If the tests indicate a long-term impact, we will consider using it in other vehicles,” said Miloš Havránek, CEO of DPMB.

Photo: DPMB.

The company carrying out the trial chose two large capacity trams, which run mostly on lines 6 and 8. Samples were taken from parts of the tram most occupied by bacteria, and taken to a laboratory for tests. These tests will be repeated after two months to assess whether the spray has caused any improvement.

Thorough cleaning and degreasing of the tram interiors was necessary before the spray could be applied. The application of the spray to windows, handles, seats, and armrests took 45-60 minutes. “We have already tested a similar technology in the past, but on a different principle. There was some effect, but unfortunately it was only short-lived,” explained Havránek. The company regularly uses more concentrated disinfectants to clean cars to help protect passengers.

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