Under Ominibus Franchising Guidelines, your rides with taxis, jeepneys, buses, TNVS such as Uber and Grab and UV Express will be recorded on the road.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday, June 19 gave a brief overview of the components of the government’s PUV modernization program. The program seeks to phase out aged and dilapidated jeepneys. It aims to achieve the following goals:
- Disciplined and competent motorists
- Predictable travel time
- Safe and convenient transport
- Fair regulations.
The DOTr has also just made public its Ominibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) on the program. The OFG will serve as the framework for the modernization of jeepneys, and we found something interesting while reading through it.
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Under Ominibus Franchising Guidelines, your rides with taxis, jeepneys, buses, TNVS and UV Express will be recorded on the road
If the OFG is executed effectively, many vehicles will be affected. These vehicles have to comply with certain requirements. One of these is the need for, stated: “CCTV with continuous recording of past 72 hours of operation”. So, in the near future, your rides could soon be recorded on camera.
Now, it’s not clear whether these cameras will try to record both what’s happening on the road and the audio being, but this still can be a scary prospect. A camera is being directed by a human being or by a being somewhere, so it is like staring. Image this, these cameras continually stares at you as you’re driving, this really kills the comfortable feel of your journeys. Take note that the added security measure will cover Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), taxis, jeepneys, buses and UV Express.
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Now, it’s not clear whether these cameras will try to record both what’s happening on the road and the audio being
While some transport groups continue to protest the PUV modernization program, some organizations said they are fully backing the DOTr’s initiative. Do you support this new policy?
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