By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) head Frank Carbon said the local business sector endorses Department of Transportation (DOTr) plans to modernize public utility vehicles (PUVs).
Carbon said he is sure many would agree the PUVs in the country, including jeepneys, have become dilapidated.
“We need to phase out all old PUVs and replace them with new ones,” he said, citing safety concerns. “Operators could even save money from maintenance, which is also supported by the government.”
DOTr officially launched the PUV modernization program last June 19, which seeks to provide safe, comfortable, and environmentally-sustainable modes of public transportation.
The program also aims to enhance the commuter experience by upgrading vehicles to meet safety, energy efficiency, and emission standards./WDJ