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Jeepney Modernization| No more old jeepney

Balita Ngayon| The country has launched an initiative to overhaul its public transportation system. The Department of Transportation announced June 19 that it will begin phasing out jeepneys that are more than 15 years old. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said most jeepneys don’t meet current safety and environment standards.

The new models will have more efficient engines, or will be electrically powered by solar panels. The Department of Transportation said new models will also be equipped with GPS software, speed limiters, dashboard cameras, Wi-Fi and automatic fare collection system.

Transportation group Piston has announced it opposes the plan. Piston President George San Mateo has said small jeepney operators don’t have the money to modernize their vehicles. San Mateo has also said phasing in the new models will result in higher fares.

New Jeepney guidelines will go into effect in two to three years.



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