E-JEEPNEYS. Electric jeepneys (e-Jeepneys) on display for public viewing at the Laus Convention Center in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga on Friday (Nov. 8, 2019). The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board grants the provisional authority to 10 of the 15 e-jeepneys operated by Pampanga transport operator Electric Vehicle Expansion Services, Inc. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Transportation)
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The first batch of electric jeepney (e-jeepney) units will soon be plying the roads in the province.
This as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) granted the provisional authority to 10 out of 15 e-jeepney units operated by Pampanga transport operator Electric Vehicle Expansion Services, Inc. (EVX) here.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade graced the launch and granting of provisional authority (PA) to a fleet of e-jeepneys at the Laus Convention Center on Friday.
Tugade, in his message, underscored the importance of the modernization in the road transport system to provide the Filipinos a safe, comfortable, convenient, and environment-friendly travel.
“I come here today to show you in unequivocal terms that I am supporting personally and officially the modernization. The modernization is good not only to the drivers or operators but also to the riding public. Because the target of the modernization program is making sure that our riding public will commute and travel in ease, comfort, and convenient. This is good for the environment and to the nation,” Tugade said.
The event featured a public viewing caravan of six of 15 units of EVX e-jeepneys.
After the presentation of the vehicles, the LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III handed over the PA certificates to EVX president Yuri Sarmiento for 10 e-jeepneys.
The e-jeepney project forms part of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), the transformational road transport modernization program of the DOTr and its attached agencies.
The modern and zero-emission e-jeepney is considered to be compliant with Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) and Philippine National Standards, and are all equipped with Wi-fi, dashcam, closed-circuit television (CCTV) and global positioning system (GPS).
The e-jeepneys will ply the route from Government Center in Barangay Maimpis – City of San Fernando Downtown via McArthur Highway, Lazatin Avenue, West Diversion Road, Capitol Boulevard, Consunji, B. Mendoza, Jose Abad Santos Avenue route and vice versa.
The base fare will be PHP11 for the first four kilometers, plus PHP1.80 for every succeeding kilometer.
The remaining five e-jeepneys of the EVX will soon be granted provisional authority for the same route.
City Mayor Edwin Santiago, meanwhile, thanked the government for the nationwide implementation of the PUVMP.
“We are thankful for the launching of this green fleet in the city. For San Fernando, we only have one wish – that is to make it sustainable, smart and a green city,” Santiago said. (PNA)
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