TRICYCLES in Mandaue City will soon be prohibited from plying the national highways.

Edwin Ermac, head of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), said the City has been called out by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for allowing tricyles to traverse the national highways.

In an interview, Ermac said some tricycles pass through M.L. Quezon St., M.C. Briones St., Hernan Cortes St., A.S. Fortuna St. and Plaridel St.

Since keeping tricycles away from these roads will affect commuters, Ermac said he will meet next week with some multicab drivers and operators to discuss possible route changes.

“Sige na og pressure nato ang DPWH nga dili na paagian og tricycles ang national highways (The DPWH has been putting pressure on us to prohibit tricycles along the national highways),” said Ermac.

A memorandum circular by the Department of Interior and Local Government last 2007 bans tricycles and pedicabs along “national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour.”

Ermac said he will meet at 9 a.m. on Jan. 14 the drivers and operators of multicabs with routes going to Barangay Talamban, Cebu City, Foodland and the Country Mall in Banilad.

After coming up with routes for these jeepneys, Ermac said the City will then consult tricycle drivers.

“When the new routes take effect, tricycles will only be allowed to traverse interior roads,” he said.

Ermac lamented that up to 8,000 tricycles are operating in the city, with only about 3,000 operate with permits.

He said the City continues to crack down on tricycles without permits, which usually operate in interior roads to avoid getting caught.

Ermac said that he hopes traffic enforcers could issue a temporary operator’s permit (TOP) to drivers of illegal tricycles.

With TOP, violators will have to pay P7,000 to get their driver’s license back.

He said drivers of illegal tricycle drivers are unfazed by the P500 fine imposed by the Team.