The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has recently shown what the updated buses will look like under its modernization program. The proposed buses’ specifications include closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, a GPS navigation system, an Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), speed limiters, dashboard cameras, and Wi-Fi. In addition, instead of being powered by Euro 4 engines, modern buses should now be powered by Euro 5 engines, which might cost around Php8 to Php10 million pesos.
“Utos nga ng ating Presidente na immediately ngayong Enero dapat simulan na ‘yung pagtatanggal ng bulok na sasakyan, na kasama po sa modernization program ng ating gobyerno sa public transport” – Thomas Orbos, DOTr undersecretary
Old buses will be the next to be banned from roads as part of the government’s PUV modernization program, which kicked off at the start of this year with the gradual phaseout of old jeepneys.