Crackdown up for trikes, trisikads

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014


THE Bacolod City Government is set to enforce strict traffic laws among tricylcle and trisikad (pedicab) drivers.

Mayor Monico Puentevella on Tuesday met with tricycle and trisikad drivers, operators, and association leaders along with their barangay officials to discuss his administration's plan to enforce traffic rules and laws relative to their operations.

Puentevella stressed the need to enforce discipline in the use of the streets where tricycles and trisikads are not allowed, which include the main thoroughfares and national highways.

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“Many of tricycles and trisikads operate at the downtown area and the drivers don't observe traffic rules,” he said, adding there are also those plying on counter flow and enter streets with one-way traffic.

The mayor added that many tricycles also don't even have franchise and permits to operate.

Reynaldo “Butch” Ebreo, executive assistant on traffic management, said the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) requires tricycle operators to comply with the requirements of the law especially in obtaining franchise and business permit.

Erring drivers are fined P100 for "arrogance," he said.

However, in the latter part of 2013, offenses involving tricycles were categorized into four classes, including out of route, obstruction, no driver's license, and no franchise which is equivalent to P400 or P100 per offense.

There are 3,486 tricycles operating in 32 out of the 61 barangays in Bacolod under 72 associations, Ebreo said.

Barangay 40 village chief Elmer Villanueva said many trisikads operate in their barangay and most drivers come to his office to ask for help in case they are caught or fined for an offense.

Ebreo said those who committed offenses can settle their penalties at the BTAO and those who have complaints against traffic enforcers can also report these before his office.

Off-limit areas

From now on, tricycle and trisikad drivers will no longer be allowed to ply the downtown area, Burgos, Araneta and Lacson Streets, and Circumferential Road.

Puentevella said the drivers should show cooperation because the city government wants an orderly Bacolod.

He also asked them to observe safety measures when plying the streets at night because they are vulnerable to vehicular accidents at this time of the day.

"We don't want to endanger their lives on the streets. I asked the trisikad and tricycle drivers to put reflectorized light or material on their vehicles that can help detect their presence during night time for their own safety," the mayor said. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 22, 2014.

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