ABMAP to actively participate in PUV modernization program
The Automotive Body Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (ABMAP) assured the public that they will conform to the existing environmental and product standards set by the government in manufacturing modern PUVs.
In a statement released by ABMAP, the organization of truck body builders said it will actively participate in the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Eco-PUV Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and avail of whatever incentives available in assembling the modern PUV.
As a compliance to the Clean Air Act of 1999, the PUV under the PUVMP of DOTr will be either a Euro 4-compliant emission system or an electric-powered motor that will generate less pollution or none at all, thereby helping in reducing air pollution.
For the modern PUV’s body, the ABMAP will also conform to the Philippine Standard dimensions of Classes 1 to 4 PUVs (PNS 2126:2017), which are as follows: Class 1 will have 9 to 22 passenger capacity including the driver; Class 2 will carry 22 passengers and will allow for standing passengers to augment the driver’s income; Class 3 will likewise have 23 passengers and above plus driver, but will be all seated; and Class 4 will also be 23 passengers and above, all seated but will have provisions for cargo.
Based on international standards of UNECE Regulation M2, the PNS2126:2017 also requires that the door should be on the right side or curb side and have a floor to ceiling height of 1.75 meters to allow for additional standing passengers for Class 2. For both Classes 2 and 3, they will have a maximum width of 2.35 meters and length of 7 meters. The PUV must also have seats that conform to international standards of 40 cm per passenger, whether seated or standing. Even the width, depth, height, armrest and distances between seats are determined and standardized to ensure the comfort and safety of the passengers.
The doors, windows, gangways, hand rails, stepboards, external protrusions all around and the driver's line of sight are all specified based on international standards as well. An emergency exit will be provided and in some PUVs, there will be provisions for PWD and even an airconditioning system. An automated fare collection system will be installed to ensure collection of the daily loan amortization by the banks, coupled with WiFi, GPS, CCTVs, dash camera, and speed limiter.
The ABMAP is grateful that the government is pushing for local production of the modern PUV as this will provide extensive employment opportunities and incremental income for local auto parts makers, most of whom are now operating below their rated plant capacities. It will also provide business opportunities for other SMEs comprising the majority of the supplier base of the domestic auto industry, in both downstream and upstream support industries.