MANILA, Philippines – Thinking of how jeepneys, buses, or tricycles would look like once they’re modernized?
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) held a public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization expo to showcase various vehicle models from manufacturers on Tuesday, April 3.
Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos said the modernization plan is a “complete upgrade” of the country’s transport system.
“We’re talking about a large-scale transformation of the public transport sector. We’re not talking about repairs and band-aid solutions – we are overhauling the fleets, the system, and the industry. This is easily the biggest non-infrastructure project of the government, [given] its sweeping and inclusive impact,” Orbos said.
The modernization plan aims to replace all PUVs aged 15 years and older with environment-friendly vehicles that have safety features. These vehicles must have Euro 4 engines or higher, and doors must be on the side. (READ: Is the PUV modernization program ‘anti-poor?’)
All prototype vehicles feature automated and integrated fare collection under the Beep system, a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV), a global positioning system (GPS), and a dashboard camera.
Class 1 vehicles can carry 9 to 22 passengers, all seated. The Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has yet to approve a national standard for Class 1 vehicles.
Meanwhile, Class 2 vehicles can carry more than 22 seated passengers. The main difference with Class 1 vehicles is that standing passengers can also be accommodated.
According to the DOTr, Class 2 vehicles are fit for urban travel.
Class 3 vehicles can carry more than 22 seated passengers as well, but it is more spacious than Class 2. Standing is not allowed as it is meant for longer routes.