The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards routes for comments to stakeholders until 15 August 2017 the Draft Philippine National Standard (DPNS) on Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Class 2 and Class 3.

The DTI-BPS, in support to the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr’s) Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program, created a Technical Working Group (TWG) to develop the dimensional standard for PUVs.

The DOTr’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program aims to modernize PUVs in the Philippines that will not only decongest the roads but will provide safer, cleaner, healthier and fuel-efficient transport system for Filipino commuters.

In developing the DPNS, the TWG was guided by this goal and accepted proposals from the DOTr and the German Government through GIZ, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA), and the Automotive Body Manufacturing Association of the Philippines (ABMAP).

DTI-BPS Officer-in-Charge, concurrently the DTI-Consumer Protection Group’s (CPG) Assistant Secretary, Atty. Ernesto V. Perez underscores, “The TWG began the development of the DPNS on the last week of April 2017 and met twice a week since then to ensure a draft is ready in a month’s time”.

The TWG recommended the DPNS 2126:2017 for approval to the BPS Technical Committee 44 – Road Vehicles. The BPS TC 44 on Road Vehicles – Working Group 2 on PUV Modernization composed of various representatives from the academe, trade/industry, consumers’ organization, professional association, research institution, government agencies, and, testing institutions, received the DPNS for review
and for dissemination to gather comments.

The BPS/TC 44 is responsible in the development of the standards concerning compatibility, interchangeability and safety, with particular reference to terminology and test procedures for evaluating the performance of the road vehicles.

The draft standard specifies dimensional limits for Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) under the Class I and III of “M2” UNECE category – vehicles used for the carriage of passengers, comprising more than eight (8) seats in addition to the driver’s seat, and having a maximum mass not exceeding five (5) tons. Also, included in the dimensional limits are the overall height, width and length, wheelbase and front and rear overhang, cabin, seat and seat lay out, step board, service door and emergency exit.

The PUVs shall be classified in accordance to the following:

  • Class 1 shall refer to the UNECE Category M2 Class B (minimum 9 and maximum 22 passengers, all seated)
  • Class 2 shall refer to UNECE Category M2 Class I (more than 22 passengers,
    with standing)
  • Class 3 shall refer to UNECE Category M2 Class III (more than 22 passengers,
    all seated)
  • Class 4 shall refer to UNECE Category M2 Class III (more than 22 passengers
    all seated) with provisions for cargo

The Draft Philippine National Standard on Public Utility Vehicles Class 2 and 3 – Dimensions (DPNS 2126:2017) is now being circulated to concerned stakeholders for comments. To facilitate compilation and evaluation of comments, a comment from is provided. The technical views/ comments on the said draft should be forwarded to BPS not later than 15 August 2017.

The BPS TC 44 will consolidate and process all comments to finalize the DPNS and endorse it for approval and promulgation to DTI-BPS and / or the DTI Secretary.

“The DTI-BPS targets to finalize the DPNS 2126 on September 2017”, Atty. Perez affirms.

For more information on the DPNS 2126, call DTI-BPS at 751.4735 or send an email to