The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Toyota Motor Philippines Inc. (TMPI) today unveiled the Toyota Hilux modern PUV, a Class 1 vehicle, which signals the entry of Toyota in the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the government.
In a meeting held early this morning with officials of TMPI, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade made clear his desire to fast track the rollout of this Class 1 option for transport operators, in order to provide them with an alternative and accelerate the pace of the PUVMP.
As Class 1 modern PUV, the Toyota Hilux prototype has smaller dimensions and passenger capacity (12-seater maximum), and can be considered as the ideal PUV type to service inner city, municipality or barangay/secondary routes, which are currently being served by 10-seater multicabs.
It should be noted that under the PUVMP, there are actually 3 classes of public utility vehicles: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3.
Class 1 are 9-12 seater PUVs, good for narrow barangay, municipal or provincial roads. Its size and price range makes it a better alternative in areas with lower transport demand.
Class 2 and 3 (maximum 23 passenger seating capacity) are the current ones we are seeing as jeepney replacement, except in seating arrangement where Class 2 have the regular jeepney seating, but with ceiling height that will let average Filipinos stand in the middle. Class 2 are like your city people movers. Quick to board, quick to exit.
Class 3, on the other hand, are front facing variants. These units are the required replacement for all UV express. Good for point to point routes because of its more relaxed seating arrangement. Even though its layout is front facing, the vehicles are required to maintain an aisle in the middle and its width is also being measured.
For the Toyota Hilux, even as it is categorized as Class 1, it still maintains the required features of the modern public transport vehicle, such as dash cams, CCTVs, wi-fi, Automatic Fare Collection System. It is fully air-conditioned, PWD-friendly, and has ample legroom for its driver. It is also compliant with Euro 4, Omnibus Franchise Guidelines (OFG) and Philippine National Standards (PNS) requirements. Among the basic features of the PNS are setting the minimum step heights, door widths, seat heights and widths, and ceiling heights, aisle and gangway widths. Primary objective of having the PNS is to set a standard to ensure commuter convenience.
And as Class 1, the most viable feature of the Toyota Hilux is its affordability, priced at less than a million pesos (PhP 998,000).
It is this affordability which makes the Toyota Hilux Class 1 modern PUV an attractive alternative to transport operators, as it directly address the concerns and observations raised by some stakeholders that it is expensive to undertake modernization.
As stated by Secretary Tugade, “Modernization is not expensive, provided you make the right choice. There is always a cheaper alternative.”
The Toyota Hilux CLASS 1 modern PUV is the affordable alternative which completely shifts modernization into high gear.
Now transport stakeholders have a choice. DOTR