Are new jeepneys unfit for PH roads? Transpo official reacts

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Posted at Oct 09 2018 09:45 AM | Updated as of Oct 09 2018 09:46 AM

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MANILA - A transportation official downplayed Tuesday concerns that the modernized jeepneys that will replace the old models are unfit for Philippine roads. 

Speaking to radio DZMM, Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon said the new jeepneys are compliant with the government's PUV Modernization program. 

Modern public utility vehicles (PUVs) are showcased at the launch of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) “Public Transport Modernization Expo: Modernong Sasakyan, Progresibong Bayan” at the PICC in Pasay City in this April 3, 2018 photo. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News/file photo

Under the modernization program, jeepneys need to have a 22-person seating capacity and a side door. They also need to comply with the Euro-4 emission standard to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Dapat unahin yung commuter. They are the ones who say jeepneys should be modernized. This is also one of the solutions for traffic. Kaya bumibili ng sasakyan ang mga tao dahil pangit ang public transportation," he said. 

Some operators have noted that some of the new jeepney designs are unfit for Philippine roads that are affected by floods. 

Jeepneys, originally made by modifying U.S. military jeeps left behind after World War II, have become practically synonymous with the Philippines, much like double-decker buses are with Britain, bullet trains are with Japan and three-wheeled "tuk-tuk" auto-rickshaws are with Thailand.

Officials have said a total of 180,000 jeepneys need to be modernized. 

RADIO DZMM, October 9, 2018