How Will the Eco PUV Benefit Drivers, Operators, and the Riding Public?

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December 16, 2017

Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program, many are asking how exactly will this benefit the drivers, operators, and riding public. To help answer this burning question, the Automotive Body Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (ABMAP) explains just how the design concept of its proposed Eco PUV can be both pleasing to the eye and beneficial to everyone involved.

In developing the Eco PUV, the ABMAP collaborated with entities like the Truck Manufacturers Association, Parts Makers association of the Philippines, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Product Standards. Each entity gave its inputs in order to come up with a world-class vehicle that would still be relevant in the Philippine setting.

The result is a vehicle that boasts features such as:

  • Increased passenger capacity: With a bigger body, more people can be accommodated. This, in turn, means more revenue for the driver and operator
  • High floorto-ceiling height: This translates to passengers being able to stand, jsust as they would in the MRT). This can help take in more passengers, resulting in the aforementioned added income.
  • Passenger door on the right side: This is the curb side in our country. This improves safety when entering or embarking from the vehicle.
  • An emergency exit: This can help save lives in the case of an untoward incident
  • Automated fare collection system: Drivers and operators are assured of receiving the exact amount from each passenger. Moreover, passengers need not fish for loose change just to pay for their ride
  • Brandnew engines: Not only will this help in reducing maintenance costs, but it will likewise be friendlier to our environment.

To help service a wide range of passengers and routes, four Eco PUV classes will be rolled out. These include:

  • Class 1: This category is broken down into:
  • Class 1A: For 9-12 passengers with perimeter seating
  • Class 1B: 13-22 seater, with perimeter and forward-facing seats.
  • Both are intended for use within the city
  • Class 2: This one will be able to take in 23 passengers or more in a seating and standing setting. This can be used for high density, inner city stopand-go environments.
  • Class 3: This one can also take in 23 or so people. The only difference is that this one will have frontfacing seats and won’t allow passengers to stand. That’s because it is intended for travel on the highway, en route from one city to another.
  • Class 4: This Eco PUV class can take in 23 passengers or more, plus cargo. This type will be used to traverse highways going to different provinces.

But probably the greatest benefit will be the comfort and safety it provides to the general riding public. Hopefully, the Eco PUV can finally help give our countrymen the world-class public transport system they truly deserve.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As News Editor, it is his job to deliver the stories about the most recent motoring events in an easy-to-digest manner.