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Volkswagen invests 2 billion euros in Chinese electric vehicle sector

May 29, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Volkswagen will take a 50% stake in JAG – the parent company of state-owned JAC Motors – and a 26% share of Chinese battery supplier Gotion High-Tech

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

LTFRB orders operators to sanitize PUVs amid coronavirus threat

Mar 10, 2020 - 6:14 PM

The regulatory agency also says PUV operators must direct drivers and conductors 'to report any case of possible infection to the Department of Transportation, LTFRB, DOH, and to the nearest LGU and PNP'

SANITIZE. Commuters in Quezon City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Toronto's old streetcars, a symbol of city, leave the rails

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Toronto is one of the rare major cities in North America, along with San Francisco, to have maintained major tramway networks

Two streetcars, an old model (L) and a newer one, pass each other in Toronto, Canada, December 7, 2019. - The last of the historic and iconic old trams of the Canadian metropolis will be replaced by newer, sleeker and more spacious cars by the end of the calendar year. Streetcars have been part of the Toronto landscape since the 19th century and continue to be a main mode of public transportation in this city. (Photo by OLIVIER MONNIER / AFP)

At least 9 dead in Rizal road collision

Dec 17, 2019 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) Two trucks and a jeepney figure in a road mishap in Barangay Looc in Cardona, Rizal

Cagayan de Oro rolls out modern PUV fleet December 15

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A local transport cooperative will operate 15 modern coasters under the government's Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program

Modern Public Utility Vehicle - The new face of a modern PUV will start to serve commuters in Cagayan de Oro Cty on December 15, 2019 from Barangay Bugo to Igpit, Opol in Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LOOK: Could this PUV be the new 'King of the Road'?

Nov 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The model developed by Toyota Motor Philippines Inc. (TMPI) costs P998,000 per unit and is targeted to be released before the end of the year. But already, some netizens have given it a thumbs down.

MODERN HILUX. Toyota Motor Philippines Inc.  unveiled a Hilux Class 1 modern public utility vehicle manufactured for the DOTr's PUV modernization program. Photo from DOTr's FB page

Modern Toyota-made PUVs out before 2020 – Tugade

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) The vehicle, which will have a capacity of 12-13 passengers, and won't cost more than P1 million, says the transportation secretary

NEW MODEL. Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that the agency has been working with Toyota to produce a new Class 1 modernized prototype. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TNVS franchise applicants can now book appointments online

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The online appointment scheduling system aims to make TNVS franchise applications accessible, easier, and more convenient

ONLINE SCHEDULING. TNVS franchise applicants may now books their appointments online, as a way to speed up the application process. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: PH, U.S. marines hold live fire, air defense drills in Tarlac

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Osprey aircraft, amphibious assault vehicles, and Howitzer guns rock the Crow Valley Gunnery Range as the two countries' marines engage in joint exercises

OSPREY AIRCRAFT were among military assets featured in the live fire and air defense drills of the KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises of the Philippine and US marines on October 17, 2019, in Capas, Tarlac. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

WATCH: New PH amphibious assets join U.S., Japan in military drills

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises between the Philippine and US marines marks a significant leap forward in the country's amphibious assault capability with the deployment of its brand new assets

NEW ASSETS. The Philippine Marines along with their US and Japanese counterparts participate in the Amphibious landing exercise during the KAMANDAG 2019 drills at Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite on October 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Military drill showcases PH’s first amphibious assault vehicles

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The capability to launch an attack from the sea straight into land is basic and essential for militaries of coastal states, and the Philippines is now catching up with the acquisition of brand new amphibious assault vehicles

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) debuted 4 of its 8 brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during its DAGIT-PA joint drills in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21. Photo by Rox Cezar, AFP Public Affairs Office

Anti-red tape body declares 'automatic approval' of pending TNVS applications

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:28 PM

LTFRB is set to release 5,061 CPCs as a result of the order

DOTr order permanently allows hatchbacks as TNVS

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Now part of public transport, hatchbacks and subcompact vehicles must seat at most 3 passengers, excluding the driver

HATCHBACK DRIVERS. Some deactivated transport network vehicles service (TNVS) driver partners of the ride-hailing app company, Grab Philippines, hold a protest caravan for the scheduled hearing of Grab with LTFRB officials on the agency's show-cause order regarding the deactivation of 8,000 Grab Drivers on June 11, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOTr orders LTFRB to allow hatchbacks as TNVS

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The Department of Transportation also wants hatchback units to be permanently classified for transport network vehicle services

From princes to undertakers, Norway's motorists go electric

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Rich or not, young and old, hip urbanites and rural dwellers alike: Norwegians, including Crown Prince Haakon, are increasingly switching to electric cars

A custom made Tesla Motors car operated by a funeral services company in Norway is pictured in Oslo on April 29, 2019. Rich or not, young and old, hip urbanites and rural dwellers alike: Norwegians, including Crown Prince Haakon, are increasingly switching to electric cars. The choice is especially green in this country, where most of the electricity produced is environmentally-friendly, derived from hydro power.  Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

DTI to craft program to boost e-vehicle investments

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry gears up to strengthen the Philippines' e-vehicle industry as it seeks to seal a free trade agreement with South Korea, a manufacturing powerhouse

Photo from Shutterstock.

European alliance to invest up to 6 billion euros in electric car batteries

May 02, 2019 - 8:59 PM

A pilot factory with around 200 employees will be opened in the coming months in France, with a goal of opening two production sites, in France and Germany, that would generate 1,500 jobs at each

LOOK: Gov't receives e-vehicles for Boracay patrol, rescue

Apr 27, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Star 8 Green Technology and Southwest Travel and Tours donate environment-friendly ambulance, boat, and bikes to DENR for use in the top tourist destination

E-AMBULANCE. Star 8 Green Technology Corporation turns over the environment-friendly ambulance to DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu on April 25, 2019. Photo from Star 8

MMDA lifts number coding for PUVs on April 23

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority suspends number coding for public utility vehicles on Tuesday, April 23, to help commuters in case railways were damaged in the Luzon earthquake

STRANDED. Passengers ride a provincial bus along EDSA, after being stranded due to the closure of railway lines. Photo from MMDA

Mitsubishi sets sights on e-vehicle market

Apr 09, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Mitsubishi ties up with the academe and the Department of Trade and Industry for a feasibility study on the company's new venture

The logo of Mitsubishi Motors is seen at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on November 20, 2018. - Nissan and Mitsubishi shares plunged on November 20, as the automakers prepared to oust chairman Carlos Ghosn a day after he was arrested for alleged financial misconduct. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

[Right of Way] Is it time to do away with protocol plates?

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:27 AM

No. 8 plate on the road? Is it really necessary?

Tesla introduces new 'Model Y' SUV, priced at $39,000

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Musk says, it has 'the functionality of an SUV but it will ride like a sports car' accelerating from stand-still to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds

Elon Musk, Tesla, Model Y


New law requires readable, color-coded number plates for motorcycles

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The new number plates, to be issued by LTO, is meant to prevent crimes committed with the use of motorcycles

New law requires seat belts for children in all motor vehicles

Mar 13, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The new law penalizes a driver transporting children without a 'child restraint system' in the vehicle, and bars kids below a certain height to take the front seat of a car

36 transport cooperatives newly-accredited for PUV modernization program

Jan 26, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructs the Office of Transportation Cooperatives to fast-track the approval of accreditation applications for the program

Background photo from DOTr website

House won’t abolish graft-ridden Road Board, says Andaya

Dec 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Senators are urging President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law the bill that would scrap the graft-ridden agency that oversees the funds from the road users' tax

NO ABOLITION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the plenary already withdraw its support to the bill abolishing the Road Board. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

19 killed as migrant vehicle crashes in Turkey

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Numbers of migrants crossing into Europe have fallen since 2015 but people are still undertaking what is a highly perilous journey

LTFRB to delay implementation of total PUV modernization

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Under pressure from senators and transport leaders, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra agrees in principle to postpone the program scheduled in March 2019

LTFRB chief Atty. Martin Delgra III during the Senate public services committee hearing on jeepney and PUV modernization program on October 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA to Sandiganbayan: Why purchase 10 new SUVs?

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Commission on Audit flags the purchase in 2017 of the 10 SUVs after finding 10 cars in the court’s inventory listed as 'idle or defective'

U.S. startup delivers groceries in self-driving cars

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:37 AM

A new service debuts in Silicon Valley that turns self-driving cars into mobile grocery shops summoned via an app

AUTOX. The company sees a future where groceries are delivered using autonomous vehicles Photo from AutoX website.


The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

Trucks, trailers given until Dec 31 to comply with weight limits

Aug 04, 2018 - 9:48 AM

The Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Transportation say this would give haulers and truckers enough time to conform with the gross vehicle weight requirement

Smuggled Hummers to go to police, military – Duterte

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte saves 'more than 10' contraband Hummers from destruction to give them to law enforcers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inspects one of the contraband luxury vehicles before they were subjected to condemnation and public destruction at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first responders during road crashes

Uber hits brakes on self-driving trucks

Jul 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The company is refocusing on developing autonomous cars, one of which had killed a woman pushing a bicycle in a street in Arizona earlier this year

German post office's electric cars racing past auto giants

Jul 25, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The Deutsche Post has rolled out its own fleet of low-carbon electric vehicles after traditional carmakers proved slow to respond – a move that may be a 'starting gun' for electric mobility in Germany

STREETSCOOTER. A picture taken on June 15, 2018 shows the logo of Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter on a car at the group's headquarters in Aachen, western Germany. Photo by Yann Schreiber/AFP


Ultra-luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce announces plan to develop flying taxis

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:28 PM

The British company joins Uber, the Google-backed Kitty Hawk project, Lilium Aviation in Germany, Safran in France, and Honeywell in the United States in this fast-emerging space

HIGH-END FLIGHTS. A man poses alongside screens presenting the Rolls-Royce EVTOL air taxi concept during the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP


How China's e-vehicle demand boosts Philippines' nickel industry

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines, currently the world's 2nd top exporter of nickel, sees the shift toward electronic vehicles as an opportunity to grow

House panel recommends charges vs Imee Marcos over vehicle purchases

Jul 05, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The House committee on good governance says the purchase of the 110 Foton minicabs were done without public bidding and through cash advances

IMEE MARCOS. Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos during House hearing at the House committee on good government and public accountability on the alleged misuse of the P66.45 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor vehicles in Congress on Thursday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB rejects Palawan appeal to suspend anti-'colorum' campaign

May 26, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board instead promises to fast-track the franchise applications of qualified operators, amid concerns that tourism would be crippled

NO TO COLORUM. Palawan continues its operations against colorum vehicles in the province.

Converting LTO extension offices into regular ones will shorten lines – Poe

May 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

6 bills converting LTO extension offices into regular offices are approved on second reading on Tuesday, May 22

PUBLIC SERVICES. Senator Grace Poe holds a hearing about public services, the committee she chairs, on February 20, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Armored car kills 2-year-old boy in Davao City pedestrian accident

May 10, 2018 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) In a separate media interview at the police station, driver Gregorio Vito, explains he was unable to see the boy crossing from his wind shield, due to how the armored vehicles are built

ACCIDENT. Photo shows the armored car that accidentally hit a kid in Davao City on Thursday, May 10. Photo by Bien Abanos

LTO Western Visayas wants 1,800 ‘unregistered’ vehicles out of Boracay

May 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

‘This is not confiscation of vehicles. This is clearing Boracay of unregistered vehicles and submitting them for registration,’ says Land Transportation Office Region VI Director Rolando Ramos

PHASEOUT. The Land Transportation Office in Western Visayas says registered tricycles on the island will be phased out by August 2018. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

BDO to finance modern jeepneys

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The bank will provide funding for 5 units dubbed Bagong Jeep, which will seat 24 and come with a speed limiter, CCTV camera, GPS, dashboard camera, and automated fare collection system

Image from BDO Unibank

Grab sanctions nearly 500 drivers for excessive ride cancellation

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:15 PM

But Grab says the government's suspension of its P2-per-minute travel charge is also to blame for the mounting cancellations

EXCESSIVE CANCELLATION. Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says drivers with 10% and above cancellation rate per week will face sanctions like suspension and complete banning from the platform. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB restores Grab's 2x price surge cap

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board restores Grab Philippines' surge pricing cap to 2 times the normal fare after it accredits new ride-hailing companies

HEARING. LTFRB restores Grab Philippines surge pricing cap at 2.0 times the fare.

Grab appeals suspension of P2-per-minute charge

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Grab Philippines says the suspension order is 'contrary to the law' and would 'cause irreparable damage' to riders and drivers

RECONSIDER. Grab Philippines' lawyer John Paul Nabua submits to the LTFRB a motion for reconsideration against the suspension of the P2-per-minute charges. Photo courtesy of Grab Philippines

'Mag-taxi ka na lang': Netizens tell riders complaining of higher fares

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:24 AM

'Kung di mo afford, mag-taxi ka na lang, or tricycle, jeep. Marami naman diyan alternative na masasakyan,' a netizen says

TRANSPORT. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Grab: Riders not informed of P2-per-minute travel charge

Apr 18, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu maintains the travel charge is legal, and 'went to the drivers, it was reinvested by way of incentives or promos for passengers'

NOT INFORMED. Grab Philippines head Brian Cu admits riders were not informed of the P2-per-minute charge they included in their fare scheme mid-2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB to Grab: Why change fares on your own?

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

During the first hearing on the alleged illegal fares charged by Grab, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board points out that changes in fares must follow a process

ILLEGAL FARES? Grab Philippines head Brian Cu explains to the LTFRB how they set the time duration charges they added mid-2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler