The e-jeepney business is getting a huge boost as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has just announced that it will start accepting applications for the issuance of new e-jeepney franchises.

Working in line with the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) modernization program, LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez stressed that adding more e-jeeps on the road and expanding their routes are the board’s goals for the year.

“Our inspection of the proposed route for e-jeepney services ushers in a new paradigm for public land transport services.  We hope this is the start of replacing smoke-belching and poorly maintained jeeps with high-tech, efficient and environment-friendly e-jeepneys,” said DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya .

Global Electric Transportation (GET) Services Cooperative, the operator of Comet, is leading the list of applicants requesting for a franchise to ply the route from SM North EDSA to Aurora Boulevard via Mindanao, Congressional, Luzon and Katipunan avenues.

There is currently no timeline for the approval of the application but according to LTFRB’s Ginez, they can provide provisional authority to ply the route while the franchise petition is pending approval.

E-jeepneys are required to have closed-circuit television cameras, a GPS system and free Wi-Fi for passengers.