Shouldn’t someone be working on this, this double-coach configuration for truck chassis rear-bodies that harks back to how passengers travelled in train cabins with front- and rear-facing couches?

Not a radical thing, not rocket science, a double-coach configuration simply takes the commonplace jeepney-type benches on trucks’ passenger rear bodies, bisects the front and rear halves and rotates each of these 90 degrees, and puts doors on the right side, the curbside of the cabin.

Result would be the same seating capacity as on a side-facing counterpart—a critical issue for school-bus operators who need as many revenue-earning seats as safely possible to stay afloat—and two doors where there used to be one, each one serving half the number of passengers as compared to before.

Double-coach with foldable benches could be configured for multiple applications, from school-bus or commuter, to long deck panel truck.

The value of this configuration—in light of regulatory initiatives for modern and safer passenger accommodations on school-buses as well as public utility jeepneys—hinges on government acceptance of rear-facing seats as being equivalent to front-facing ones. And these should be acceptable since rear-facing postures are considered safer than front-facing ones, and significantly enough for the manufacturers of child seats to instruct that these be mounted rear-facing to transport kids aged three years or younger.

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