The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is reportedly urging public utility vehicle operators to invest in electric-powered vehicles as an alternative to their fuel combustion-powered fleet.
The MMDA is even willing to exempt electric PUVs from the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number-coding scheme, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.
“If we have this E-buses and E-cars as public transport, we are prepared to exempt them from the UVVRP,” MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said in the PNA report.
Tolentino added that investing in electric vehicles is more cost-effective than importing second-hand petroleum-powered units from Japan and South Korea to serve as public utility vehicles. Besides costing more in maintenance, these vehicles only further pollute Metro Manila’s air.
"Green" vehicles currently running in the Philippines include electric jeepneys plying routes in the village of Salcedo and Legaspi in Makati City, and electric tricycles within the Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. (Want to know how it’s like to drive an E-jeepney? Check out the Day In The Life article of Steven Yu in the August issue of Top Gear Philippines.)
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