Now that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has activated modern PUVs to ferry passengers, expect to see these newer models making rounds around Metro Manila. More importantly, they will also make public transport much Aside from Toyota, Isuzu, and Hino models, commuters might encounter Fuso’s new Canter-based modern PUVs as well.

The Fuso Modern PUVs are based on the popular Canter chassis but features a body built by local bodybuilders Almazora and Centro. It is available in two variants: the Class 2 Canter Commute and the Class 3 Canter Express. Like most of the modern PUVs plying the road, passengers will enter the vehicle via a side entrance rather than the rear.

The main difference between the Canter Commute and the Canter Express is the seating configuration and seating capacity. The Class 2 Canter Commute features a 20 Seating capacity + 10 standing and has a side-facing seating configuration, similar to the jeepneys today. Meanwhile, the Class 3 Canter Express is more like a bus with a forward-facing seating configuration. More importantly, it has a 25 seating capacity (including the driver).

Both the Canter Commute and Express use a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine which is Euro 4 compliant. To comply with regulations, they are also fitted with automatic fare collection, CCTV, dashcam, and a rear-view camera as standard. For passenger convenience, an electronic signage system has also been put in place together with automatic doors on the Class 2 Canter Commute. Fuso’s modern PUVs also come with air-conditioning to provide passengers more comfort during their commute.

Once the LTFRB allows more modern PUVs to ply the streets, expect to see the Fuso Canter Commute and Express more often. Who knows, it might even be your next ride around Metro Manila.