It won’t be long now before modern PUVs officially begin roaming the streets of Metro Manila.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that a good number of modern PUVs from various manufacturers will be deployed on the road soon. These newer public transport vehicles are set to make commuting much easier, comfortable, and more importantly, safer than before. According to the DOTr, these modern PUVs will features cozy seats with some models even having air-conditioning. To make life easier for persons with disabilities (PWDs), some modern PUVs have configurations that are PWD friendly.
Other amenities that will help commuters include automatic fare collection (via Beep and other similar systems) and on-board WiFi. To keep commuters safe, all modern PUVs come with various safety features including a dashcam, CCTVs, and GPS. Speed limiters are also installed in order to reduce the chances of getting into accidents. The DOTr adds that these new PUVs will be cleaner and more environmentally friendly, reducing the carbon footprint of public vehicles.
There’s no word yet as to when these modern PUVs will be rolled out for public use. However, the agency says that its introduction will certainly help transform and overhaul the country’s public transport system. It will also make the commuters' lives much easier and not to mention safer than before.
Considering the lack of public transport available today due to Metro Manila still under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), hopefully, these modern PUVs will start plying the roads soon. It will surely ease and help address the public transport issue commuters are experiencing today. It can also give the commuting public a chance to experience what they will be riding in the not-so-distant future.