‘Mukhang mobile kabaong’: Netizens bash modernized PUV prototype

‘Mukhang mobile kabaong’: Netizens bash modernized PUV prototype
‘Does it sell ice cream?’ quipped another Twitter user

MANILA, Philippines – The move to modernize the jeepney hits another speed bump. 

On Sunday, November 10, Toyota Motor Philippines Incorporated revealed its new prototype of a Class 1 vehicle for the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program of the Department of Transportation. The Hilux 2WD prototype, which cost P998,000, was taken out for a test run by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and other officials from DOTr and TMPI. 

The vehicle’s features include a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV), GPS, a dashboard camera, and an automated fare collection system. The unit is also airconditioned and accessible to persons with disabilities.

Netizens, however, were not impressed by its bells and whistles, finding fault in its size, efficiency, and appearance. 

Many found the vehicle’s capacity troublesome, as it can only seat 12 passengers compared to standard jeepneys, which can normally fit 16-20. 


Some also thought it looked ugly and claustrophobic, and made very specific comparisons:





Others also gave what they believed were more viable alternatives, as well as harkened back to older but roomier designs: 



What do you think of this prototype? Do you think it’s a serviceable alternative to jeepneys? Share your thoughts in the comments! – Rappler.com

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