MANILA - Public transport vehicles that fail to pass road-worthiness tests will be suspended starting next year, as the government starts a 3-year transition period for more environment-friendly vehicles.
The Motor Vehicle Inspection System will be mandatory for public transport, including jeepneys, said Transportation Undersecretary Timothy Orbos.
Modernization does not mean that jeepneys will be phased out, he said.
"Pag mausok, kung hindi siya pumasa, kahit may prangkisa hindi siya pwedeng tumakbo hanggang maipasa ang MVIS," Orbos told DZMM.
(If it emits too much smoke and it fails the test, even if it has a franchise, it won't be allowed to run until it passes the MVIS.)
Orbos reminded jeepney drivers that the modernization program covers all public utility vehicles including taxis and trucks.