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Two years on, only 1,000 jeepneys have gone ‘modern’

Only a small fraction of jeepney operators nationwide — accounting for only around 1,000 vehicles — have so far switched to environment-friendly models two years after the government launched its public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program, a Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) official said on Wednesday. This means that around 169,000 jeepneys still […]

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Transport co-ops dismayed by hike in price of new jeeps

Though remaining supportive of the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program, a group of transport cooperatives has called on the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to regulate the price of the new jeepney units which have been tagged by suppliers at P2.2 million each. The price increase is expected to cut deeply into the finances of […]

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DOTr: No stopping PUV program despite lawmakers’ concerns

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is not slowing down the PUV (public utility vehicle) program despite doubts aired in Congress over the government’s readiness to overhaul this transport sub-sector mainly by replacing aging vehicles with more environment-friendly albeit pricier models. “We shall continue with the [program]. No delays, no postponement; let us get this done,” […]

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LTFRB to push through with PUV modernization

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chair Martin Delgra categorically assured Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday that the implementation of the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program will push through. “Allow us to state categorically that the PUV Modernization Program is a go. It is currently being implemented, as it is happening now. […]

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PUV modernization schedule ‘a timeline, not a deadline’ — DOTr

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified on Wednesday that the implementation of the PUV modernization program scheduled to begin in March 2019 is “a timeline, not a deadline.” DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport Mark De Leon issued this statement in reaction to reports that  transport officials postponed the implementation PUV modernization program (PUVMP). “The March 2019 […]

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Isuzu rolls out modern jeep prototype

Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) would be doing a pilot run of its modern jeeps early next year to assess the profitability of the venture, a top official said. Joseph Bautista, IPC division head of sales, said the company has already decided to join the government’s eco-public utility vehicle (eco-PUV) program or the replacement of decrepit […]

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Tugade vague on jeepney modernization plan parameters

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade flip-flopped on Monday on the issue of whether or not old public utility vehicles (PUVs) should be allowed on the road even after they pass safety inspections. Under the modernization program, Tugade explained that all PUVs that are 15 years old and above would be phased out under the modernization scheme. “Ang MVIS (Motor Vehicle Inspection System), sinasabi natin basta 15 years and […]

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What’s in store for jeepney: the next generation

For almost three years, Renato Marquises worked day and night to earn the over P26,000 he needed to pay monthly for the jeepney he dreamt of owning. That dream became a reality in 2004. And since then, Marquises has been driving in the cities of Makati and Taguig without worrying by the end of the […]

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Muntinlupa’s free e-jeep rides program cited in int’l transport summit

The Muntinlupa City government’s program of offering free rides on electronic jeepneys (e-jeeps) has been cited in an international transport summit. Last week, the e-Jeepney Ride for Free (e-JRF) won the Best Customer Experience award at the UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics) Awards held at Montreal, Canada. The Muntinlupa program bested other entries from […]

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EVAP consolidates behind Jeepney Modernization Program

Amidst the increasingly intense discussions surrounding the inevitable replacement of some 350,000 fifteen-year old jeepneys around the country, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has expressed its optimism about catching even just a small chunk of the huge volume to replace them with electric jeepneys. EVAP President Rommel Juan says that EVAP believes […]

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Apr 17, 2019

Fresh from celebrating its milestone of selling its 1 millionth unit since the company’s foray into the country in

Apr 10, 2019

The display of a Hyundai Kona Electric at last week’s Manila International Automobile Show (MIAS), plus Nissan Philippines’ recent

Apr 03, 2019

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