Isuzu Philippines Corp (IPC) attended the recently concluded 2018 Philippines Bus & Truck Show. The Japanese truck builder higlighted not only their commercial vehicles, but also other vehicles that would impact the future of mass transport in the country – modern PUVs (jeepney replacement).
The spotlight of IPC's display was the different variations of the modernized jeepneys. These units have been built to meet the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) standards and specifications for its Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) and is in line with this year's theme of "Modernization of jeepneys in the Philippines for green cities".
IPC's modernized PUV features the Isuzu QKR77 cab and chassis platform, with the rear body designed and manufactured by three of the country's leading body builders. Unlike current jeepney designs, all of IPC's modern jeepneys have passenger doors safely located on the right-hand side, facing the sidewalk. These also come with full-body insulation, panoramic windows and windshields and even provisions for persons with disabilities.
To further modernize the look, the new PUVs are fitted with LCD/LED TV monitors, electronic signages, fire extinguishers, CCTV cameras, dashcam and back-up cameras. They also feature the BEEP automatic fare collection for passenger convenience.
IPC's modernized PUV was chosen as the vehicle to formally kick off the PUVMP when the first batch of such vehicles were turned over to the Senate Employees Transport Service Cooperative (SETSCO) as the pilot operator of the program last June 2018.
Held from July 13 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, IPC also had the NMR C/C, QKR & EXZ trucks as well on display together the modernized jeepneys.