There's a new PUV in town, and it comes from Foton. After proposing their next-generation PUV to the Department of Transport (DOTr), the Foton F-Jeepney has been given the seal of approval by the government agency.
That means the F-Jeepney can start roaming the streets and collecting fares.
The F-Jeepney is built around the standards and rules set by the DOTr in the PUV Modernization Program or PUVMP. It is equipped with features such as speed limiters, CCTV camera, GPS tracker, and dashboard camera. The body also complies with the rules with its side step entry and exit.
Based on the Tornado, the F-Jeepney has accomodations for up to 24 passengers, depending on the body style. There is space for 16 seated occupants and 8 standing. Passengers will be much more comfortable inside too, thanks to standard air-conditioning on board. An LED monitor and Wi-Fi connectivity are activated for the entertainment of the passengers during the commute.
Aside from the additional space, equipment, and safety equipment, the F-Jeepney follows DOTr's rule to use Euro IV engines. Powering the F-Jeepney is a 2.8-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. It's good for 116 PS and 260 Nm of torque. So not only does it have more power than jeepneys of the past, it's much cleaner too.
The F-Jeepney is now available for purchase so for those interested in setting up a transport co-op can visit a Foton dealer to check it out. With more modern PUVs rolling out, we're hoping to see even more of these in the near future.