Isuzu steers PUVMP to heart of NCR
The turnover, led by IPC president Hajime Koso, was attended by Manila Mayor Erap Estrada and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, IPC President Hajime Koso, and officers of the transport group Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila & Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang-Masda) led by its president Obet Martin. The 15 modernized PUVs have been assembled using the Isuzu QKR77 cab and chassis platform and the rear body designed and manufactured by Almazora Motors Corp. The units are Sanden air-conditioned 23-passenger Class 2 PUVs with a side-facing seat configuration. The new PUV body is compliant with Philippine National Standards (PNS 2126:2017). The passenger cabin floor-to-ceiling height and gangway width are 1,780 mm and 830 mm, respectively, providing more space for passengers to move easily inside. The passenger door is safely situated on the right-hand side, facing the sidewalk. Other design features of the body include panoramic windows and windshield, full-body insulation with GeneQ shield, automatic door closer, ECE-compliant headlamps, brake sytem, wipers, windshield washer, and side view mirrors, and provision for persons with disabilities. Completing the modernized look and features of the new PUVs are the LCD/LED TV monitors, electronic signages, fire extinguishers, GPS navigation system, CCTV, dashcam and back-up cameras, and an automatic fare collection system (AFCS) installed by Euodoo Inc. All of these have been geared for passengers' safety, entertainment, and added convenience in fare collection. The new PUVs also come with separate warranty coverages for cab and chassis (3 years or 150,000 km, whichever comes first) and body and aircon, options not available for old jeepneys.