AN official from the Land Transportation Office - Davao Region said they will continuously apprehend illegal trike and tricycle drivers, especially along F. Torres Street.
Neil Canedo, regional director of LTO-Davao, said in an exclusive interview that around 35 trike and tricycle drivers were caught along F. Torres Street and had their tricycles impounded in this month alone.
“We have apprehended 35 vehicles collectively (for this month so far)” Canedo said.
Canedo said they have given “special consideration” to the tricycle and habal-habal drivers along F. Torres St., but they will still be going to apprehend trike and tricycle drivers especially if they commit several violations.
“Naa na man mi actually special consideration dira [sa F. Torres Street] kay kulang ang atong sakyanan diri sa Davao (We had given special consideration to those drivers in that area because we lack public vehicles in the city),” Canedo said.
“Pero ginatagaan namo sila’g timeline kutob lang April or May... though gina-define pa na namo karon (But we have given them until April or May [to process necessary document]),” he added.
LTO-Davao, as part of its mandate, regularly goes around the city to apprehend and reprimand tricycle drivers operating illegally.
“Naidentify man gud namo na (We identified that) those tricycle drivers are coming from out-of-town,” Canedo said.
“Mag-sige of padagan wala kabalo unsa’y prangkisa, wala kabalo unsa’y rehistro, so among giingnan na i-orient nato na kay dili na pwede buhaton na diri sa Davao (They are operating not knowing what the franchise or registration are, so we have to orient these drivers that what they are doing is illegal here in Davao City),” he added.
He also assured that they are balancing the welfare of the drivers and commuters, but at the same time regulate the public transport sector.
“Naningkamot mi na makatabang sa mga walay masakyan at the same time i-regulate nato kay para win-win situation ta (We are doing our best to help those who commute and at the same time we will regulate the trike and tricycle drivers so that we will have a win-win situation),” Canedo said. ICE