Trader to San Fernando: Remove tricycles from major roads

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Monday, March 30, 2015


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero has called on the City Government of San Fernando to exercise political will and remove tricycles here using major highways citing regulations and safety reasons.

Romero said that the proliferation of unregistered tricycles or colorums, was disadvantageous to legitimate operators because it results to unfair competition, monstrous traffic and contributes to non-indexed crimes recorded in the city. He added that tricycles on major highways pose danger on the tricycle operators themselves and fellow motorists.

"We are not anti-poor. All we are asking is that the city implement the regulations and meet with operators to device schemes on how to address the problem," Romero said, adding that there is also a need to arrest the growing number of unregistered operators.

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In 2007, the Department of Interior and Local Government issued Memo Circular 2007-01, banning tricycles and pedicabs to operate “on national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kph.”

The same directive prescribes the minimum standards to be adopted by city and municipal governments in the formulation of a regulatory code for tricycle and pedicab franchise operation, including physical requirements/ equipage, fares, load/capacity limit and operating conditions.

Sections 447 and 458 of the Local Government Code has conferred unto municipal and city governments, through their sanggunians, the power to regulate the operation of tricycles and the grant of franchise for their operation within their territorial jurisdiction, subject to the guidelines prescribed by Department of Transportation and Communications.

Some 7,000 tricycles ply the city with just 1,529 registered in 2011 alone.

Also, Ordinance 2011-016 (An Ordinance Declaring a Moratorium on the Issuance of Permit to Operate on Tricycles Operating as Public Convenience Within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga) authored by then Councilor Ruperto Dumlao and current Councilor Noel Tulabut, was adopted by the City Council on October 5, 2011 after the Community Affairs Division requested for a legislative measure that would stop the issuance of permit to operate on tricycles as a public convenience.

But Romero laments that little has changed with the current situation of tricycles in the city.

"The fact remain, there are lots of tricycles using major highways in this city and we are still waiting the action of the city government," Romero said, stating that PamCham had been in talks with the city government in the past years on the issue of tricycles here.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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