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.