The Department of Transportation (DOTr) today led the deployment of modern public utility jeepney (PUJ) units to operators with franchises validated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The event was dubbed as Dispatch of Modern Public Transport Vehicles: Pasada Tungo sa Maunlad na Bansa held at the Quirino Grandstand in Ermita, Manila.
DOTr said the modern jeepneys conform with the existing environmental and product standards set by the Bureau of Standards. The modern PUJs are installed with side doors instead of rear door, and a higher ceiling that allows for standing passengers, which translates to a higher carrying capacity.
“Emergency exits are mandated and some units will have provisions for differently-abled passengers, coupled with WiFi, GPS, CCTVs, dash camera, speed limiter and automatic fare collection system,” DOTr added.
The modern PUJs are classified as 1, 2, and 3. Class 1 will have 9 to 22 passenger capacity including the driver; Class 2 will carry 22 passengers and will allow for standing passengers to augment the driver’s income; Class 3 will likewise likewise have 22 passengers and above plus driver, but will be all seated.
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