A weekly update on the latest developments in local motoring centering on the country’s transportation concerns and traffic management issues in the Metro.
New E-Jeepneys Approved by LTO
The government is determined to push through with the PUV modernization
program. This goal is evident with the approval of new solar - powered
public utility jeepneys or PUJs.
New electric, solar-powered PUJs have recently passed inspection by the
Land Transportation Office or LTO based on the specifications and standards
set by the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and
The standards state that the latest PUVs under the programs must be able to
accommodate 22 passengers using an entrance installed on the right side of
the vehicle. Seating has also been reconfigured from the old side-facing
design to front-facing, seatbealt-equipped seats.
According to the LTO, these PUJs will cover the route between
Ayala-Buendia-SM Mall of Asia and to the Southwestern Integrated Transport
Terminal in Paranaque City as soon as it begins operation. The LTO adds
that the other routes that will be added include stations of MRT, LRT, and
PNR in the southern and western parts of Metro Manila.