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PH Government Unveils Plans For The Modern Jeepney

A new design to fix the death traps on the road

The Pinoy Jeepney is a symbol of our nation’s resilience and ingenuity in the face of adversity. It’s been one of the nation’s biggest cultural symbols since the post-war years, as well as one of the most unique and recognizable vehicles plying our roads. They’re also rolling death-traps with bald tires and no safety harnesses, smoke-belching engines and untrained drivers. We’ve all been quietly ignoring the fact that we need to replace these vehicles (which ferry a majority of the people in the metro) but no more – the government is now trying to design a better, safer jeepney in accordancce with the DOTr’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program, which begins next month.

The initial design unveiled by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is a big step forward in both safety and reliability of the venerable jeepney. The biggest change? Moving the entrance of the vehicle from the back to the side, and replacing the side-facing seat to front ones, which also allows it to have modern seat belts for safety. The new jeep will be able to accommodate 22 passengers.

The redesigned jeep is timely, since the DOTr is looking to phase out PUVs that are over 15 years old, replaced with vehicles with low-carbon and low-emission technology. According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), there are currently 204,000 jeepneys operating nationwide, with a whopping 75% of those being over 15 years old.

The design of the new jeep is not final, and the DTI says that the designs are all initial sketches that are open to public comment until August 2017 before being submitted to the DOTr. After that, it’s up to the DOTr to decide where and how the new jeeps will be manufactured.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

10 Comments

  1. Its fine basta hindi mausok at lagi maintenance. Kaso masakit din sa bulsa maintenance ng mga Euro 4 diesel engines, yun sakin lang 8.2 liters na langis ang kailangan, pag sa casa 8000 na agad pag sa labas kaunti lang difference. Wala din kahit Euro 4 eh kung wala din maintenance (gipit or nagtitipid) wala mausok padin.

  2. One particular jeepney here in Naga city has that design and operating for more than 2 years na. Ang route nya, Naga-Tinambac. And take note, airconditioned pa. Seats are face forwarding. I was already thinking na sana hindi taga ang price ng gov’t natin para ma-avail ng mga operators ito. Kaso, from what I heard, it cost more than a million per unit.

    Kaya naman natin gumawa ng ganyang jeepney sa mas mababang halaga.. Bakit hindi na lang ipaubaya sa mga manufacturers (sa Cavite, for example) ang paggawa at pagbenta nito sa public? Bakit kailangan pa ang DOTr mag dedesisyon kung saan ito ipagagawa? Bakit hindi na lang buksan sa lahat ng mga kababayan nating gumagawa ng mga jeepney ang pagpapagawa basta sundin lang ang mga design factors and parameters?

  3. walang gas tank?? aba, go electric tayo ah. ganyan dapat innovation, future minded. wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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