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Is it finally time to phase out jeepneys?


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:14:00 06/10/2008

Filed Under: Road Transport

Last month?s transport strike (?Piston leads strike Monday; gov?t expects little impact,? Philippine Daily Inquirer, 5/12/08) has again highlighted the problems facing the transport sector. The increase in the price of diesel will surely affect everyone and not just the jeepney drivers. It is, however, very difficult to sympathize with jeepney drivers, most of whom ignore traffic rules as a matter of course, resulting in clogged traffic and even accidents.

Here are just some examples: Stopping to load passengers in the middle of the road, or staying far too long by the roadside to wait for passengers; abruptly switching lanes without even checking if another vehicle is too close; running in between two lanes; running either too fast or too slow; ignoring traffic lights and signs; running against the normal flow of traffic; headlights on high beam at night even on a crowded street with many oncoming vehicles, or with headlights off; double parking on narrow roads. Indeed, passenger jeepneys can be a nuisance even when they are not moving.

Which leads many to ask: Isn?t it about time these mostly dilapidated, smoke-belching vehicles were phased out permanently? There must be greener and more efficient alternatives to them.

Yes, jeepney drivers need to work for a living. But does that give them the right to abuse traffic rules? And what about the lives of the passengers that they oftentimes put in danger because of their recklessness?

And yet, they had the nerve to hold a transport strike which adversely affected the Filipino riding public. Perhaps they behave arrogantly because they are sure that people rely on them for daily transport; and without them, the country?s productivity will suffer.

If this is indeed the way they think, then it?s probably time the authorities put abusive jeepney drivers in their proper place and give them pointers on traffic rules and courtesy. To the leaders of the various jeepney groups, the next time you think of inconveniencing the very people who make it possible for you to earn a living, discipline first your ranks; it will do you more good.

MARIO B. DALU (via email)



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