DOTr Sets Guidelines For Premium PUVs

The Department Of Transportation Have Set Guidelines For Public Utility Vehicles

DOTR – Premium Public Utility Vehicles will soon be available for public use, DOTr has already set guidelines for premium PUVs to follow and apply.

Photo taken from Elite Taxi

Technological advancements in our traffic system have recently been considered. Last year, DOTr has utilized the Messenger App to launch a ChatBot for commuters and motorists to report violators.

Meanwhile, in the recently proposed Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), premium Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) will be running around the roads across the country. It has already set it’s implementation deadline next year (2020).

These premium PUVs will have free internet access, global positioning satellite, dashboard cameras and uniforms for government employed taxi drivers.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has set specific guidelines to be followed by the new premium taxicabs in order to give the public commuters “a high-end, yet reasonably priced reliable transport option.”

Mark de Leon, DOTr Undersecretary for Roads, explained what he has observed and concluded:

“As we can glean from the ridership of [transport network companies such as: Grab, Uber and Lyft], more Filipinos are now willing to pay a higher amount for cleaner, more modern and convenient taxi services, with mechanisms for commuter safety and feedback.”

The Department Order No. 2019-007 – in line with the overall target of the new modernization program – states that all Public Utility vehicles must be developed to Euro-4 powered vehicles, matching industrial standards. This includes all PUVs such as: Public buses, jeepneys, UV express, taxis and vans.

There will also be a gold/silver categorization for the PUVs. The categorization would depend on the vehicle type

This is according to an article from Inquirer.

As for the premium vehicle drivers, it was mandated that they must undergo necessary training lead by the Land and Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

They are also required to be in uniforms.

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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