A one on one discussion with a representative of the Link Airport revealed that there is a new means of transport in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines. This is good news for passengers who are arriving and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as they will have another option for transport. The DOTC or Department of Transportation and Communications has announced that Airport Buses will be classified as a PUV or public utility vehicle.
Jun Abaya, the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications, has issued a press briefing stating that the agency aims to offer more options when it comes to transporting passengers to and fro the airport. Aside from the commonly used options, private vehicles and taxis, the airport bus is developed in order to reduce the traffic surrounding the airport.
The Airport Buses will be covered by the new classification thus requiring operators to comply with various requirements like a CCTV camera installed on-board buses, devices with GPS, automatic electronic displays to be used for bus arrivals, a collection system that will be automatic and cashless and last but not the least an accessible Wi-Fi connection.
In order to avoid being a source of obstruction on the roads leading to the airport, the trips for the airport buses will be scheduled and they can only load and unload on designated stops that is off the street. Another requirement under this classification are booking offices.
There will also be required technical features in order to accommodate the needs of the passenger and to provide convenience as well. It includes a floor height which is lower between 0.28 to 0.38 meters and a huge compartment for the luggage.
Not only are that, eco-friendly airport buses also a must. In order to do this, operators must make sure that their vehicles passed the standard set for Euro V emissions or a higher standard. Using and running on clean fuels like hybrid and electric vehicles are also encouraged.
The rules and regulations regarding this new classification will be laid out by the LTFRB or Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board together with the DOTC.