THE Automotive Body Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (ABMAP) said it will participate in both the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Eco-PUV Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
ABMAP, an organization of truck body builders, said that it will manufacture products conforming to and avail of possible incentives that will be made under the PUVMP, and the soon-to-be-finalized Eco-PUV Program, programs intended to overhaul and modernize the PUV system and to promote the use of energy-efficient PUVs.
The DoTr is currently undertaking the initial planning phases of the PUVMP while DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez has been reported as saying that the government is finalizing the Eco-PUV program.
ABMAP said that in line with the PUVMP, the modern PUV its members will produce will be either compliant with the Euro 4 emission system or powered by an electric motor.
“So it will be generating less pollution or none at all as required by the Clean Air Act. This will help reduce air pollution and make the air we breathe cleaner,” the association said in a statement.
The association said that the vehicle body will be manufactured locally and assembled to conform to the new PNS 2126:2017 of the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS). It said that there will be four classes based on passenger capacity, driving environment, and vehicle size. The DTI’s BPS approved last year the draft standard on dimensions for Public Utility Vehicles Class 2 or PNS 2126:2017.
Class 1 will have from 9 to 22 passengers and a driver, all seated; class 2 will have 22 passengers and will allow for standing passengers “to augment the driver’s income”; class 3 will accommodate above 23 passengers in an all-seater configuration; and class 4 will also be for 23 or more seated passengers with provisions for cargo.
ABMAP added that the doors, windows, gangways, hand rails, step boards, external protrusions all around and the driver’s line of sight are also all governed by international standards. An emergency exit will be also provided and there will be provisions for PWD and even an air-conditioning system in some PUVs.
An automated fare collection system will also be installed, as well as other features like Wi-Fi and GPS. — Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo