Gov't bans tricycles from national roads

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2020 10:20 AM | Updated as of Feb 20 2020 12:00 PM

A tricycle traverses the Lemery-Agoncillo Road in Batangas, January 20, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The government has banned tricycles from traversing national highways in a bid to clear roads and ensure safety of the public.

Local governments are ordered to create a tricycle route plan and a task force under the Department of Interior and Local Government's Memorandum Circular 2020-036 issued Monday.

The tricycle route plan should be created within 30 days upon the memorandum's issuance, according to Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III.

"Matagal na nating ipinagbabawal ang mga tricycles at pedicabs sa national highway ngunit ang daming pasaway. Hindi lang ito nakakasagabal sa daan kundi nagiging sanhi ng sakuna sa kalye," Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Wednesday.

"Kaya dapat nang maging mahigpit ang mga mayor at ang pulis at siguruhing maipapatupad ang ban na ito."

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Those who violate the memorandum will be issued a show-cause order, the DILG said. Local officials who fail to provide "sufficient response will face administrative charges, it added.

Densing said officials of highly urbanized cities and provinces may be brought directly to the Office of the President for sanctions, while municipal mayors would face charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.

"Importante ang disiplina at dapat ang mamuno ang mga mayor diyan," he told radio DZMM.

At least 12 mayors face charges before the Ombudsman for failure to comply with the DILG's directive to clear roads of obstructions, Densing said.