DOTr to Roll Out 500 Electric Jeepneys as Replacement for Old Jeepneys Starting January 2018

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A total of 500 Electric Jeepnesy (e-jeepneys) will be rolled out by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) which are eyed as replacement for old jeepneys, are set to operate starting this month of January.

The highly anticipated e-jeepneys would be on the road not just in Metro Manila but also nationwide
 according to the statement released to the media by DOTr Undersecretary for Roads Thomas Orbos. .

In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source, the DOTr Undersecretary was quoted as saying “What we’re looking at is that they come out this year, they come out this month. You will still have the old jeepneys [but] let the people decide,” Orbos said.

In an earlier interview with the media, Undersecretary Orbos also said that the transportation department will remove jeepneys that are at least 15 years old from streeets in the first week of January 2018. The move of the DOTr is part of the government’s transport modernization program and the start of the three-year transition period.

The 3-year transition period provided by DOTr is needed by the agency because they cannot keep all old jeepneys off the roads immediately, hence the need of transition.

Based upon the plans of the DOTr, the old jeepneys will be replaced by solar and electric-powered jeepneys, which are also environment-friendly. Some of the replacement jeeps might also powered by engines that run on fossil fuel but will be complaint with Euro 4 emission standards.

The e-jeepneys would operated for the convenience and safety of the riding public. Among the features of convenience mentioned by Orbos are free wi-fi, CCTV cameras, automated fare collection, air-conditioning for some units, speed limters, and its solar or electric powered engine.

Source: Philippine Star

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