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Jeepney phaseout begins January 2018

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JoeLP:
I don't see it enforced any any true fashion.  I get what they setup is about, and like Somoa...find it very faulty.  The electrical grid here is weak, at best.  So any push for electric(I know it's not really there...yet) would be horrible for everyone as prices would shoot up with the extra demand.  And then forcing the average Pinoy jeepney owner, who more likely than not, have zero savings, or what they are saving is for the next day the local cockpit is open, to spend money they don't have into getting a better vehicle. 
I see the same thing you see now.  A lot of these vehicles do not pass the emissions test, but a few 1000 bills all of a sudden changes the scores.  It will continue.  Or...somehow the title to vehicle was lost, and when needing a new one...it is now mysteriously a younger vehicle than what was thought. 
I seen the junk that goes on in the LTO(at least here in a more rural area) as Tina's cousin works there.  Seen everything from vehicles that are not road legal getting licenses and people who never attended a single class or took a single test get their driving license.  Can easily see vehicles getting younger go along with the emissions test scores being changed. 
It won't last beyond a few years probably as something will probably happen to make enforcing the new law....or it'll just go away like a lot of laws do here.

Gray Wolf:
I'd love to see something happen to make all the smoke-belching vehicles, of every sort, simply disappear. But we all know that ain't gonna happen. It's a good idea, but with no plans in place to help it happen. Do the powers that be actually think they can force jeepney owners to scrap their old vehicles and buy new ones? Or replace the engines? Most jeepney owners don't have enough money saved to buy new tires let alone a new engine, or even less, a new jeepney. So, what will happen? A few people will be made an example of to show the bigger powers that the locals are "doing something" about pollution, and then the whole program will fall apart just in time for the next Presidential election. The new guy/gal will promise everyone a new plan, "a jeepney in every pot!" sorta thing, and that, too, will fall apart.

I love the PH, and I love it's people, for the most part. But the reality is that they have a completely different outlook on what works for them and what doesn't. As long as a jeepney owner/drive can make enough pisos to buy some fish and rice for his ever-burgeoning family, he's good to go. Rules be damned! What are they going to do when 90% of the jeepney owners fail to comply? Shut down public transportation? The wailing would be so loud and with such fervor the powers sitting up in the winter capital in Baguio would be able to hear them. The People Power Revolution would pale in comparison to the outcry from the poor, downtrodden workers and students that still have to find a way to their meager jobs and classes.

Yeah, good idea, but not well-thought out. I don't see it happening in three, or even thirty years. JMHO of course. YMMV

Brisbane:

--- Quote from: Gray Wolf on January 13, 2018, 11:27:59 PM ---I'd love to see something happen to make all the smoke-belching vehicles, of every sort, simply disappear. But we all know that ain't gonna happen. It's a good idea, but with no plans in place to help it happen. Do the powers that be actually think they can force jeepney owners to scrap their old vehicles and buy new ones? Or replace the engines?r them.

Yeah, good idea, but not well-thought out. I don't see it happening in three, or even thirty years. JMHO of course. YMMV

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Yes because each Jeepney has a franchise route and if their vehicles do not comply then they will lose it.

Gray Wolf:

--- Quote from: Brisbane on January 16, 2018, 11:41:05 PM ---Yes because each Jeepney has a franchise route and if their vehicles do not comply then they will lose it.

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And then what?

BudM:

--- Quote from: Gray Wolf on January 17, 2018, 12:04:48 AM ---And then what?

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I knew someone who had a jeep route until about a year ago when he unloaded his jeep because it was getting too old and I am pretty sure the franchises work like the FX franchises. They ply a certain route and they are not supposed to be going on other routes.  If they lose the franchise, someone else will jump on it right away as there are only a certain number.  And I see plenty of jeeps and FX sitting on the side of the highway at police checkpoints.

Personally, I think at least some progress will be made with the situation.  If not, at least more than has been happening in the past.  There are some pretty mad jeepney franchise owners/drivers for a while now but they sure have had time to do something about it as this has been talked about actually happening for over a few years now.  And not all these jeepney owners are necessarily as poor as they are said to be.  The drivers working for them might be but there are a lot of owners out there with multi jeep operation.  Not sure of the cost of a jeepney franchise but the FX franchises cost them a fair chunk of change initially not including, not so cheap, yearly fee.  My guess would be that the last thing they want to do is lose their franchise as they might never get one back or have to wait in line a long time.

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