Saturday, January 30, 2010

Manila Jeepneys in a verge of disappearance; what's in Manila options

Mitsubihi Motors Philippines introduces the BEEP, (Bus-Jeep) one of the many few vehicles which may replace the aging surplus equipped Manila Jeepneys.

Dec. 2009; 

ABOUT half of the 400,000 jeepneys in the country may no longer be allowed to ply their routes next year following stricter registration standards, an official said.

“The [Land Transportation Office] has come up with new regulations on the inspection of motor vehicles, and we expect many public utility vehicles will not meet the requirements,” Suansing said.

“I would say almost 50 percent of the jeepney population will be affected.”

The LTO will require public utility vehicles—jeepneys in particular—to have speedometers, hand brakes, headlights and wipers, among other things, according to Joel Donato, head of the agency’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Service.

“We are implementing these requirements with the start of registration in January 2010,”

jeepney owners failing to comply with the new rules should start thinking of buying brand-new replacements." - philippine star

looks like manila will be implementing stricter rules on public transport operators this 2010, LTO, LTFRB and allied agencies controlling policies and regulations; 70,000 jeeps in manila may be cut into half as this regulations kick in this January, the basic jeep must have safety features installed such as hand brakes, and working speedometers.

there are almost many venerable options that are in the minds of manila operators today because 5 months later this regulations may start to kick in they may; have themselves fabricate a new unit, at the cost of P400,000(complete accessories and standard safety components) , buy a brand new jeepney worth P600,000(from Sarao and FMC), buy a jeepney chassis and kit (as promised by FMC is said to be available) or buy shuttle based transport vehicles worth P800,000 or above like the one shown above..

option 1 - fabricate a new surplus jeepney

considering a fabrication cost of 400,000 or such this is one of the closest options that any ordinary operator can be sure of everything can be built from scratch, with all the necessary parts supplied by fabricators, and surplus dealers just making sure this units comply with the upcoming regulations.

option 2 - jeepney chassis kit

A jeepney kit available with the latest EURO-2 compliant engine such as the Isuzu 4JB1 is another interesting option that operators may consider, comprising of only a chassis, an engine and transmission, axles and wheels and basic components for hand brakes and exhaust brakes can be a more considerable option, priced at least halfway between brand new and fabricated units, it can give owners flexibility to choose the right design to suite his considered options in route, body design and many more, (FMC said it will offer jeepney chassis kits for those who don't want to buy fully- built units)  

option 3 - brand new fully built jeepneys

built by either FMC or Sarao, this jeepneys are assembled and manufactured from brand new components like its predecessors, using brand-new OEM supplied components from 1.5 T trucks such as the latest Isuzu NHR series of commercial vehicles and or Mitsubishi Canters, most units will be 50-50 machine-hand built. but expect to comply with the strict regulations to be implemented  by the government authorities.

Option 4 - Shuttle based vehicles

for those operators who can afford to buy and operate a large number of units, the first phase may be scrapping of the old units and changing it with newer ones like other options above, or shift to shuttle based vehicles like the one introduced by Mitsubishi Motors and Almazora auto, the canter Bus-jeep; based on the Gurau Microbus, this unit is based on a Canter 1T chassis and equipped with either a brand new 4D34 or 4M50 EURO-2 engines. priced at an estimated P1.6M (with sanden air condtioning unit) although they said it can be available thru financing options with partner banks and finance institutions.

At the Bacolod Scene:

So far this dillema of the Manila jeeps somehow did not affect that much here in Bacolod City, last time a jeepney driver told me, inspection here in bacolod is not as strict as that in Manila, just make sure your units have working accessories and seat belts, and passes the emission. if time comes Bacolod may be affected by this regulations, our local assemblers must find a way our proud Porter and L300 and many  other designs have a contingency measure, for our operators to become more compliant with this new regulations of LTO.

Recommended hardware for jeepneys!

well guys I have my own opinion regarding in helping our operators get to pass strict regulations of the LTO, with the advent of more advanced engines coming from the surplus market we can get any EURO-2  compliant diesel engines (EURO-2 is an international emission standard for 1.5T - 3.5T Capacity Commercial Vehicles which states CO2 levels must be at 1.0PPM(parts per million) , NOx at 0.7PPM and Diesel Paricle level is at 0.08 PPM) today hence our lack of faith and understanding on the latest technology is the one making us resent on this materials, here are some engine we may worth installing or upgrading in our jeeps

Isuzu 4JB1- this 2.7/.8L Engine is used by numerous Isuzu Vehicles from SUV's to 1T Isuzu elfs, because of robust and rugged design together with Direct Injection and many other enhanced fuel system components, it is popular among many SUV owners and fleets, it is certified for EURO-2 and is now readily available in both the brand new and surplus market.
  A 2.8L 4JB1   

Isuzu C240-U - The C240U is a later variant of Isuzu C series engines equipped with a distributor type injection pump, unlike its older variants, C190, C221, 223 and C240, the C240U can give faster responses and acceleration and higher torque than Isuzu C engines equipped with Inline Injection Pumps, the c240U can be found on Forklifts from japan and those engined with Isuzu and Generator Sets.the C240U also complies with EURO-2 Standards.

Hyundai D4BF/BH - the latest Hyundai 2.6L Diesel engine also complies with the EURO-2 Standard, with its swirl chamber design , direct injection and enhanced air intake design and many other feature has made this engines a must for almost all diesel engined commercial vehicle in Korea. the D4BF also is the one powering the latest Hyundai H100 Porter now a hit seller among private business owners.  so far there are already surplus D4BF available on the surplus market. 

well that's it for now guys! we hope our drivers here in Bacolod are well informed! =) 

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