A popular and convenient way to get around in the Philippines. The jeepney is the most used mass transportation in the Philippines.
The first jeepney was the army jeeps left by the United States after the Second World War. Artworks of painstaking detail are often seen on the shining chrome bodies of these vehicles, which, as earlier said, are copies of army jeeps, resized and remodeled to accommodate commuting passengers numbering from 20 to 30 all in all.
The unique thing about jeepneys is that no jeepney is exactly the same as another.
Jeepneys usually have boards attatched on the windshield of the jeep to indicate where it will be going.
Passenger usually shouts Para if they want to leave the jeepney.
Jeepney is also called JEEP.
American: Hey Juan, what is the best way to get to makati?
Filipino: Joe, ride the jeepney that has the board named "makati" in the windshield.
A typical jeepney, for example, contains these mixed components:
- engine from Isuzu,
- transmission from Mitsubishi,
- brakes from Toyota
- steering wheel from Hyundai,
- differentials from Nissan
Materials for building a jeepney are sourced from so-called "surplus" shops. These shops import second-hand or junk vehicles mostly from Japan and Korea, and sell the dismembered parts for jeepney assemblies.
Filipino jeepneys are not built on rules:
- They do not follow automotive safety standards.
- There are no standards in build quality.
- There are no design plans.
- They are built based on builder's experience.
- a "Jeepney engineer", as opposed to a true automotive engineer, can be anyone. Can be a backyard mechanic, a welder, a tinsmith, or a combination of them.
Public safey is never an issue for both jeepney and driver. There are no safety tests, no safety certificates, no driver training. Newly-built jeepneys are considered as "road-worthy", jeepneys get legal license plates even if built by backyard mechanics, and can be used as public transport.
"The unique thing about jeepneys is that no jeepney is exactly the same as another." As mentioned previously, that's because there are no design rules to build a jeepney. Only 1 simple rule: If it fits, its good enough to use.
Jeepney mechanic: ISUZU.
Surplus dealer: We don't have it. Here, use a NISSAN.
Jeepney mechanic: OK, that's good enough.