Earlier this week, the DOTr partnered with Landbank to assist in the PUJ (Public Utility Jeepney) modernization program. Now, the government agency has outlined the changes to be made to other public utility vehicles.
In their proposal, buses, mini-buses, jeepneys, UVs and Filcabs will be part of these sweeping changes. All vehicles that will be used as public transport must have curbside entry, meaning the current layout of jeepneys and Filcabs will have to be moved to the side. Both metro buses and mini-buses are to be required to have low-entry for better ingress and egress, as well as wheelchair access. As for their engines, the vehicles mentioned must pass Euro 4 emissions.
With DOTr's 'no limiter, no registration' policy in place, these PUVs must come equipped with the said speed limiter. The DOTr is also pushing for an automated fare collection system to reduce distraction, particularly for UV and jeepney drivers. Should their proposal be approved, these mentioned public transport vehicles must also be equipped with a tracking system.
For added safety and security for both drivers and passengers, buses, mini-buses, jeepneys and UVs must come equipped CCTVs, as well as a dashboard camera. Anti-lock brakes are also a must for the vehicles mentioned. Lastly, the DOTr is pushing for free Wi-Fi connectivity for buses and mini-buses.
At the moment, this proposal is still pending approval.