Modern PUV Looks Poised to Hit Philippine Roads Real Soon

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November 1, 2017

Over the past few months, there has been much talk about the Philippine government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVPM). As the name suggests,  the Department of Transportation’s initiative to give our country’s rather ancient transport system a new face seems all set to take off. And this is exactly what was shown at the recently-concluded 1st Philippine Automotive Parts Expo (PHILAPEX 2017).

During the event organized by the Philippine Parts Makers Association, some 16 modern PUV prototypes were proudly displayed to show visitors what they can expect to see on our roads in the near future. The Eco PUV Showcase, as it was called, was put together by the Department of Trade and Industry to answer the call for a modern type of public transport.

A budget of some P9 billion will be earmarked to put these vehicles on the road. At the same time, the said Eco PUV will take up the third slot in the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program where incentives will be given to manufacturers who are able to locally assemble around 200,000 units within the next five years.

These new PUVs are said to comply with the new Philippine National Standards. What this means is that they have features such as a right side entrance, higher cabin height to accommodate standing passengers, larger clearances to allow easy access even for wheelchair-bound passengers, and have more seating configurations. They can also be fitted with modern conveniences such as GPS tracking, speed limiters, automatic fare collection system, and CCTV cameras, just to name a few.

The said prototypes are designed by top brands like Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Hino, Hyundai, Foton, and Tata, while the bodies are supplied by truck body builders such as Centro, Almazora, Del Rosario, Plipinas Hino, and Sta Rosa. Of course, some e-jeepneys were also on hand to show visitors what lies ahead for our transport secotr.

With all these prototypes and programs seemingly in place, the next logical step is to put them on the road real soon.

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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.