By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Imee Marcos expresses earlier her apprehension about the Euro 4 requirement of the PUV Modernization program because there is “no such thing” in the country. She asks the transport agency to reconsider this requirement. Under the program, jeepneys are to be replaced with units powered by Euro 4 engines or electrically-powered engines with solar panels for roofs. DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade defends the Euro4. He says that it is the internationally-accepted standard for carbon emissions. Sure enough, Rey Elnar, the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB-7) Assistant Director recently announces its progress.
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LTFRB’s Rey Elnar Highlights PUV Modernization
Region 7 LTFRB Central Visayas Assistant Director, Rey Elnar answers questions on PUV modernization at the 888 News Forum, Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu.
PUV Modernization Updates
Elnar said that their timeline from March 18, 2018, gears to June 2020 completion. The original deadline for the transition period in Manila is July 2020, but Tugade says they are open to extending it if needed. This is to accommodate those operators who are not yet ready. They have given their franchises enough time to comply and positive that the up to 9 months leeway is sufficient.
Considerations to the the Euro 4 Requirement
The Euro 4 may be the ideal environmentally-friendly engine but Elnar discloses that some units will run on a hybrid system first. They can immediately switch to Euro 4 when their system is ready. It marks a significant reduction in the permissible limits for particulates and nitrogen oxides in diesel engines. The installation of particulate filters is the start of the clean-up process.
Airconditioned with WiFi
The hybrid system raises concerns over the media panel because this does not meet the purpose of generating acceptable emissions of air pollutants. However, the airconditioned units with the WiFi provisions at least lessen the passengers’ exposure to the harmful pollution while on the road.
Goodbye to the Jeepneys
There are a series of protests against the PUV modernization plan from the start. However, the big change is essential for mother earth and it may be time to say goodbye to the jeepneys. The cheapest unit would be available for P900,000. A P500 amortization rate per day is an affordable offer. Bigger units would charge a P1,000 amortization rate per day. The loaning system allows drivers to pay daily.