Initial 500 modern jeepneys to hit road this January – DOTr

Joniel Monton

Modernized jeepney

MANILA, Philippines —  The Department of Transportation or DOTr has finalized a route rationalization plan for Metro Manila, Tacloban and other areas across the country.

With this, the DOTr has begun the implementation of the Duterte administration’s jeepney modernization program.

DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport, Thomas Orbos said about 500 units of modern jeepneys are set to be deployed on roads this month.

Aside from this, the DOTr will also begin next week the strict apprehension of old jeepney units particularly the units that will fail to pass roadworthiness test or the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS).

“What happens is, motorists only take the MVIS when applying for registration,” Orbos said,  “this time, if we see you smoke belching or your lights are broken, you don’t have brake lights, if we see these on the road, we will apprehend you.”

Transport personnel will impound all apprehended public utility vehicles and bring them to the compound of the Land Transportation Office or might be directly placed under MVIS.

Meanwhile, the DOTr has once again clarified that jeepney fares will not increase despite the implementation of the modernization program,

The agency explained the possible increase in fares will be due to the rise in the prices of petroleum products caused by the tax reform law.

“There will be no increase because of the modernization.  The increase is because of the fuel increase that we will experience,” said Orbos.

Some jeepney drivers have once again appealed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to approve their fare increase petition of two pesos.

For jeepney driver, Ric Aton, “The minimum fare should really be ten pesos. Because like now, the price of gasoline is high. The eight-peso fare is not sufficient for us.”  — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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