Since last year, manufacturers have each showcased their different PUV prototypes for the government’s PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP). The latest manufacturer to introduce their prototype on a modern PUV is Mitsubishi Motor Philippines’ truck division, Fuso. Called the Canter Commute, it is Fuso’s latest prototype based on the popular Canter chassis and is a PUV Class 2 model.
The Canter Commute is built to comply with the Philippine National Standard (PNS) of ‘Public Utility Vehicles Class 2 and Class 3’. This means that passengers will enter through a side entrance rather than the ones located at the rear found on current jeepneys roaming the streets. It will also have an automatic fare collection through BEEP card, closed-circuit TV camera system, a dashcam, and rear view camera as standard. For passenger convenience and as required by the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Canter Commute is also equipped with an electronic signage system.
Capacity wise, Fuso’s prototype can easily accommodate a total of 30 passengers with 10 standing and 20 seated. To provide passengers comfort, an air-conditioning unit patterned after Fuso’s light bus model has also been installed. It will also come with free Wi-Fi access and LCD TV monitors.
With modern PUVs soon to be plying the road of Metro Manila, we might soon catch the Fuso Canter Commute going about.