16 Aug Transport group welcomes PUV modernization
A transportation group has welcomed the implementation to modernize public utility vehicles.
The program being implemented by the Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board aims to replace all “dilapidated and running coffins” PUVs, particularly jeepneys.
Kilusan sa Pagbabago sa Industriya ng Transportasyon (KAPIT) chairman Vigor Mendoza II said it is a good move from the government in ensuring the safety and protection of the riding public.
Mendoza said KAPIT members are now startting to replace their old units that are Euro 4 compliant.
The group said several Beeps jeepneys are already plying in Quezon City, Cagayan de Oro, Tarlac City, Baguio City and Cebu City.
He pointed out that their Beeps drivers underwent rigid mental, emotional, spiritual and medical examinations, as well as drug, written and actual driving tests before they are allowed to drive under the program by the DoTr, LTFRB and LTO.
LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said the government hopes to start producing PUVs that are safe and environment-friendly by tapping local and international car manufacturers for the program.
While they have yet to release a standard PUV model, Delgra said vehicles should comply with Euro 4 standard or fueled by renewable energy.
The LTFRB will also require vehicles with entry or exits on the the side, speed limiters and CCTV cameras for commuters’ safety.
The LTFRB said modernized PUVs will soon have Internet connection and enough legroom for commuters.