As we enter a brand new year, hopes are high that we will move towards a more sustainable and environment-friendly urban tansport system in the near future. This is the underlying message conveyed during the recent workshop held by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the United Nations Development Programme, and the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines.
All three entities are working closely together to make the Low Carbon Urban Tranposrt System project a reality. With our mass transport system being largely dominated by antiquated, smoke-belching jeepeneys and buses, there is a growing clamor for a cleaner mode of urban mobility.
The project aims to ensure this by coming up with vehicles that run on either electricity, hybrid power, or alternatve sources of energy. At present, these types of vehicles are merely a niche and aren’t yet part of the mainstream. But with the rising cases of illnesses and other factors cauased by pollution, now is the perfect time to get such a project moving.
Participants were pleased with the results of the workshop and are hopeful that we wll see such a transport system on our local roads real soon.