Introducing: Philippines’ new “ride”

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A prototype of a modern jeepney was showcased on October 12 and 13 at the first Philippine Auto Parts Expo in Pasay City.

The Department of Transportation‘s (DOTr) Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program designed modern jeepney in compliance with the international safety standards. It will also be powered by a Euro 4 emission-compliant engine  or an electric motor.

Some of the notable changes are the following: the new type of jeepney will have its entry and exit on the right side. The rear exit will serve as an emergency exit only.

So, what’s the most noteworthy change on this modern jeepney type? Well, it will be equipped with a speed limiter, an onboard dashboard-mounted camera, GPS monitoring system, and closed-circuit TV (CCTV) system.

An automated fare collection solution will also be made for the new type of jeepney. The “beep card” developed by AF Payments Inc., term for the jeepney card that will be designed for the new models of jeepney is going to benefit the commuters who no longer have to bring coins or exact fare.

According to Chairman Martin Delgra III of LTFRB, the modern jeepney’s customization is for passenger’s comfort and safety. The government agency hopes to modernize all the jeepney units in the Philippines by 2018 despite some jeepney operators’ oppositions.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also supports this PUV Modernization since according to statistics 75% of the operating jeepneys in the Philippines are already 15 years old.

Despite the strike and other jeepney operators’ opposition, the DOTr is still committed to implement the PUV Modernization of jeepneys.