The Department Of Transportation Just Unveiled Its Version Of A Modern PUV

Could this be the answer to the government's planned PUV modernization?

On November 10, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) unveiled photos of what they call a modern public utility vehicle (PUV).

In a Facebook post, the DOTr posted a photo of the Toyota Hilux modern PUV, a Class 1 vehicle that is part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

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According to the post, The Toyota Hilux prototype has a 12-seater capacity and “can be considered as the ideal PUV type to service inner-city, municipality or barangay/secondary routes, which are currently being serviced by 10-seater multicabs.”

The modernized PUV has features such as dash cams, CCTVs, WiFi, and an Automatic Fare Collection System. The fully-air conditioned PUV is also PWD (Persons With Disability)-friendly and has ample legroom for its driver.

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Priced at P998,000, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said, “Modernization is not expensive, provided you make the right choice. There is always a cheaper alternative.”

According to CNN Philippines, the government ordered a PUV modernization program in 2017 that aims to phase out old jeepneys and UV Express service vehicles by 2020 and old units must be replaced with environment-friendly engines. However, the program has been criticized as it could put PUV drivers out of work “because they cannot afford to buy new vehicles.”

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