Taxi group blasts DOH study on auto-LPG

by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2012 06:28 PM | Updated as of Oct 19 2012 07:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Taxi Operators Association protested the results of the study spearheaded by the Department of Health, which revealed auto-LPG vehicles cause health problems to drivers and passengers.

Bong Suntay, president of the PNTOA and owner of Basic Taxi, said there is no scientific basis that LPG-powered vehicles pose health problems to both drivers and passengers.

Suntay noted the DOH team should have used the same vehicle type with the same mileage, same engine condition and drivers should have been cleared of any health condition prior to the test.

According to Suntay who has more than 400 taxi units running on auto-LPG, the problem might be on the conversion.

Cheap auto-LPG kits available in the Philippine market that some operators patronize might be the culprit but not LPG. 

ABS-CBN randomly asked several of Basic Taxi's drivers who have been on the job for many years and all of them said there have been no ill effects on there health. 

A number of taxi operators have converted their taxis to auto-LPG, which is cheaper than regular gasoline or diesel.