Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) has been pretty busy with its efforts to support the government’s PUV modernization program over the past year or so. Now, it seems continue to look up for HARI, as it has just received the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Certificate of Compliance (COC) for its Hyundai HD50S Class 3 modern jeepney.
This particular PUV can load up to 32 passengers—22 seated, 10 standing—and has an automated fare collection system. It has amenities such as Wi-Fi connection, roof-mounted air-conditioning, and a seven-inch monitor. There are also safety features including GPS tracking, CCTV cameras, and a speed limiter. Powering the vehicle is a Euro 4-compliant 2.9-liter CRDi engine.
Prior to this, HARI was already able to acquire a COC for the H-100 Class 1 and HD50S Class 2 modern PUVs. With this new Class 3 certification, Hyundai supposedly becomes the first automotive brand in the Philippines with a lineup consisting of all three modern jeepney classes.
“The pandemic has stressed the need to modernize and fortify public transport in the country,” said HARI president and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo. “Filipinos require more mass mobility options to get to their workplaces, get essentials, and to reach out to their families in these trying times. Gradually and with stricter protocols, public transport capacity must be increased to revive the economy. We strongly believe that Hyundai Modern Jeepneys can be part of that solution.”
What do you think of this recent announcement from Hyundai?