MANILA, Philippines – What will the new jeepneys look like under the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program?
Aside from the numerous achievements of President Rodrigo Duterte in the past 20 months, change continues to unfold in the country as what he promised during the campaign period, and one of the many changes that we should see is the government’s effort to modernize our public transport beginning with e-jeepneys.
Despite the negative reaction from transport groups, the Duterte administration is eager to push to phase out old jeepneys and replace them with new and modernized version which looks perfectly awesome.
Through the expo held by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) they gave us a glimpse of how the upgraded modern jeepney will look like. According to DOTr, they contracted local manufacturers to build these prototype vehicles following their given specifications.
This modernizes jeepney also aims to provide a safer and environmentally friendly ride to the commuting public.
The modernized jeepney features electrically-powered engines with solar panel roofs and equipped with safety features like speed limiter, CCTV, GPS, and dashboard camera.
It will also have an automated fare collection system similar to the one being used in Metro Manila’s train lines.
The modern jeepney is set to have a 22-seating capacity which is definitely more space than the old school jeepneys with only 20-seating capacity excluding the driver.
But wait, there’s more, the modernized jeepneys will also have PWD-friendly features and free wifi onboard for passengers.
Below are some of the photos the prototype jeepneys:
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