LGUs urged: Enforce ban on tricycles, pedicabs on major roads
The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic on Wednesday urged local government units to tighten the implementation of the ban on tricycles and pedicabs along national roads.
Authorities recently caught tricycle drivers traversing the C5-Katipunan Road, which is used primarily by trucks and buses, said I-ACT spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada.
“Ang daming tricycle—iniiwasan nga ho kami. Doon ho sila tumatago sa center lane, sa tabi ho ng malalaking truck,” Lizada told radio DZMM.
(Most tricycles avoid us. They hide in the center lane of the road, beside huge trucks.)
Tricycles and pedicabs were banned from national highways through a memorandum letter by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2017. These vehicles may only ply major roads if there are no alternate routes, the memorandum said.
Tricycles are also banned from having more than 3 passengers, Lizada noted.
I-ACT’s recent inspection, however, apprehended several overloaded tricycles, as well as drivers who overcharge passengers or operate without license, she said.
“Magtulungan lang ho sana rin kame, together with MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) and I-ACT para ho we make the road safer, not only for our children, pero ho para sa lahat ng motorist,” Lizada told local governments.
(We should help each other, together with MMDA and I-ACT, to make the road safer, not only for our children, but for all motorists.)
DZMM, 27 June 2018