Fernandinos to decide on lifting of tricycle moratorium-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fernandinos and other stakeholders will decide on October 2 whether or not the three-year moratorium on tricycle operations in the city should be lifted or not.
Councilor Ayzel Mary Grace Macalino, chair of the City Council's committee on transportation and communications, will preside over the 9 a.m. public hearing at the mini-convention of Heroes Hall in this city, the first of an expected series of public discussions regarding a proposed ordinance "lifting the moratorium on the issuance of permit to operate on tricycles operating as public convenience within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of San Fernando."
About two months ago, Macalino brought before the plenary the concerns of legitimate transportation groups regarding the proliferation of colorum tricycles plus the increasing number of accidents involving them.
The 7,000 tricycles plying the city -- with just 1,529 registered -- in 2011 has more than doubled now, Macalino told Sun.Star Pampanga.
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.
The Federation of Tricycle Drivers and Operators Association (FTODA), punong barangays, Traffic Management Unit, Business License officials, police and concerned stakeholders in the 2011 public consultations cited that tricycles contributed to traffic congestion, vehicular accidents and petty crimes, among others.
The FTODA has since then expressed its disappointment regarding the proliferation of unregistered tricycles or colorums, which they said was disadvantageous to legitimate operators because it results to unfair competition, monstrous traffic and contributes to non-indexed crimes recorded in the city.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 01, 2013.