NegOr mayors oppose anti-riding in tandem bill-A A +A
Monday, September 1, 2014
MAYORS from Negros Oriental aired their opposition against the proposed national measure to prohibit individuals from riding tandem on motorcycle.
Senator Vicente Sotto III pushed the measure to solve the criminalities involving motorcycle riding-in-tandem killers.
Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves said the purpose of the bill is good but it affects not just the motorcycle-riding community but the economy as well.
Teves said motorcycle is the cheapest mode of transportation and motorcycle-for-hire, locally known as habal-habal, is a major mode of transportation in the hinterland areas.
Valencia is located in the hinterland areas west of Dumaguete City.
Ayungon Mayor Edcel Enardecido, on the other hand, told Sun.Star that the measure will also affect the livelihood of habal-habal drivers.
Instead of pushing the bill, Enardecido suggests to enhance the security measure by installing more checkpoints and chook points to block and arrest criminals.
In Dumaguete, the City Council pushes for a signature campaign to oppose the proposed measure.