Jeepney operators can afford 'modern jeepneys': transport group leader

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Posted at Oct 18 2017 10:37 PM

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MANILA - Jeepney drivers and operators will be able to pay for the vehicles that will be made available under the government's jeepney modernization program, the leader of a transport group said Wednesday. 

Zeny Maranan, president of transport group Fejodap, said drivers and operators will see their incomes rise as the design of the new vehicles allows them to take in more passengers, while the Euro-4 compliant engine results in better fuel economy and savings. 

Maranan told ANC's Future Perfect Tech Shorts the modern jeepneys can seat 22 passengers, with an additional 10 passengers allowed to stand up inside during rush hour. Aircon jeepneys will also have an extra P2.00 fare on top of the P8.00 minimum fare. 

Maranan also said that the cost of the new vehicles, which is P1.3 million to P1.6 million, is comparable to the cost today of a traditional jeepney, which could also reach P1.3 million if given a Euro-4 compliant engine instead of a "surplus" engine.

Transportation Undersecretary Tim Orbos meanwhile said the more efficient engines of the new jeepneys will let operators cut on fuel costs.

"Dati kung gumagastos kayo ng P18,000 per month sa inyong fuel, ang tantya namin dito bababa ng mga 40 plus percent. So around P10,000 plus na lang ang ano mo," Orbos said. 

George San Mateo, president of the transport group Piston which is protesting the jeepney modernization program, was invited by Future Perfect to join the discussion but was not able to attend.