DOTr releases photos of modern PUV prototype

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) — A new type of modern public utility vehicle (PUV) has been unveiled by the Department of Transportation Sunday.

In a post on Facebook, the DOTr said the Toyota Hilux modern PUV was taken on a test run by department officials as well as representatives from Toyota Motor Philippines Corp (TMPC).

It said the vehicle can accommodate 12 people, is air-conditioned, equipped with GPS, wi-fi, dashcam, and is PWD (Persons With Disabilities)-friendly.

"Ang Toyota Hilux Class 1 modern PUV ang magiging pambato ng TMPI para sa isinusulong na Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) ng gobyerno," said the DOTr.

[Translation: The Toyota Hilux Class 1 modern PUV will be TMPI's bet for the government's push toward the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).]

The DOTr said each unit costs ₱998,000.

The government's controversial PUV modernization program has come under fire as it would allegedly put a large number of PUV drivers out of work because they cannot afford to buy new vehicles.

The program ordered in 2017, aims to phase out old jeepneys and UV Express service vehicles by 2020 and replace them with units that have environment-friendly engines such as the Euro Diesel 4.

H₱wever, transport groups are concerned about the costs. Stop and Go coalition called the program “anti-poor” since modern jeepneys are worth over ₱2 million. Meanwhile, government data said they cost from ₱1.2 million to ₱1.8 million.