Hyundai rolls out ‘COVID-ready’ vehicles to provide free rides to frontliners

These will be used for the DOTr's‘ Libreng Sakay for Frontliners’ program
by Leandre Grecia | Jun 1, 2020
PHOTO: Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.
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Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) continues to lend a helping hand amid this COVID-19 crisis, as it has now rolled out four prototypes of its ‘COVID-ready’ vehicle which will be used for the Department of Transportation’s Libreng Sakay for Frontliners program.

These COVID-ready vehicles are built on Hyundai’s commercial models, specifically the H-100 and HD36 shuttles, and the HD50S Class 2 modern jeepney. The vehicles—designed with several safety modifications—were assessed as highly compliant with the government’s guidelines for public transport vehicles. These will be loaned out to the agency for three months to supplement its ongoing program.

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The transport vehicles are fitted with individualized seating with plastic dividers and have been equipped with special dispensers for sanitizers. Meanwhile, the units built for commercial use have also been installed with front and back cashless payment systems.

“Since we began our commercial vehicle business in 2016, we strongly supported PUV Modernization. The situation, however, has drastically changed and we have quickly adapted our vehicles in order to keep on serving the public,” said HARI president and CEO Maria Fe Perez-Agudo. “In just a few weeks since its conceptualization, we were able to manufacture vehicles that are not only safe, efficient, and convenient, but enabled for contact-less transactions.”

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HARI also announced that it is joining the government’s Hatid Estudyante program with its modern PUVs to help bring home over 9,000 students stranded in Metro Manila during the community quarantine period..

“These ‘Ligtas Biyahe’ vehicles underscore our pledge to ensure the health and safety of our customers in these challenging times. Employees, businesses, and the riding public can have peace of mind when they ride our vehicles,” added Perez-Agudo.

What do you think of these COVID-ready transport vehicles? Think we should be seeing more of these in the metro?

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For more of our stories on the ongoing crisis, click here. For the latest news and updates on COVID-19, check out reportr.world/covid-19.

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PHOTO: Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.
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