MEMBERS of a drivers’ association reacted on the recent traffic scheme along Magsaysay Avenue in La Trinidad, saying they should not be blamed for the increase of jeepneys in the town.

Miguel Luma-ang, president of La Trinidad jeepney drivers association, said his group should not be made to suffer for the fault of others, citing it was the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that has been approving franchises despite an existing moratorium.

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Luma-ang said they never violated any of the regulations imposed on them by the City Government, and if there was an increase in the number of La Trinidad jeepneys, city officials should run after the LTFRB.

He also said the jeepneys in La Trinidad numbers to 1,600 only, not 2,000 as Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. announced.

Luma-ang’s group and officials of Benguet province earlier appealed to Bautista to lift the traffic scheme that limits their entry to the CBD at the Slaughterhouse compound only.

The mayor eventually lifted the order but said the city should implement a double coding. He said traffic reduction schemes in Baguio should likewise be adopted by the neighboring town of La Trinidad.

He assured that the traffic reduction scheme would only be made permanent once the City Council passes an ordinance ratifying the same.