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These Are the Modern Jeepneys You’ll Be Riding In Soon

The first Philippine Auto Parts Expo was held last week on October 12 and 13 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City, and although the event was held primarily to showcase the local auto parts manufacturing industry, what drew the most attention during the two-day event were the prototype modern jeepneys of the Department of Transportation‘s (DOTr) Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program.

Launched in June 2017, the PUV Modernization Program seeks to, well, modernize the jeepney and update its design and platform which has practically remained unchanged since the first ones were converted and refurbished from surplus Willis jeeps left behind by the American military after World War II.

For the PUV Modernization Program, some of the guidelines set by the DOTr are:

  • the vehicle must be compliant with  safety and environmental standards;
  • must be powered by a Euro 4 emission-compliant engine at the very least or an electric motor;
  • have its entry and exit on the right side, with the rear exit serving as an emergency exit only;
  • and be equipped with a speed limiter, an onboard dashboard-mounted camera, GPS monitoring system, and closed-circuit TV (CCTV) system.

As you’ll see in the photo gallery below, most of the vehicles on display complied with the aforementioned guidelines, including the modern take on the jeepney by Santa Rosa Motor Works, which came complete with the patok sound system and the metal horses on the hood. And as mentioned, although the vehicles are prototypes, some are reportedly ready to go into production by January 2018.

According to Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III, the vehicles on display were “to the specification of what we require for the convenience of the riding public.”

As for Pasang Masda Chairman Roberto Martin, he shared that his fellow members are ready to modernize their units for the safety of their passengers and that he isn’t paying attention to other transport groups that oppose the program. “If they don’t want (to follow the program), so be it. For us, we’ll follow it; we’ll go on modernizing our units.”

So, which one of the modern jeepneys below suits your taste, and will you ditch your car to ride in one?

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9 Comments

  1. Vener
    October 16, 2017 at 9:00 am — Reply

    Where to buy? It is comes with the franchise and lines?

    • October 16, 2017 at 11:24 pm — Reply

      Nothing concrete yet from the DOTr and LTFRB except that the government will subsidize the cost of the new jeepneys and that the loan for it will be payable in seven years.

  2. Ronnie
    October 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    ff.
    Same here,
    Interested also

  3. Ralph Herrera
    October 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm — Reply

    Hi im Ralph Herrera gusto ko po sana mgavail nung loan para mkbile ng modern jeep tanong k lng po sana ung mga requirements.salamat

  4. Maricar Cuenca
    October 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm — Reply

    Hi,

    Can i ask, Where can i buy these modern jeepney? and how much is the cost?
    Thanks

    Best regards,
    Maricar

  5. Carla
    December 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    Where and how we can buy and how much? My mom want it. Thanks

  6. lourdes abelita
    December 25, 2017 at 10:20 pm — Reply

    ask ko lang, when those interested can buy the modernized jeepney and if here in zamboanga can also avail the subsidy of the gov’t. and if those that are not currently an operator can also avail gov’t subsidy..?

  7. Ewan
    July 14, 2018 at 9:13 pm — Reply

    Hello!

    How much are these vehicles and or where can I find more info.

    Salamat

  8. Brenda Catud
    August 3, 2018 at 11:09 am — Reply

    Hi 🙂
    may website po ba ang modern jeep pra makapili online
    thanks

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