CEBU City Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr. has lobbied anew for the passage of an ordinance that would regulate the operation of habal-habal or (motorcycle taxi) operations in city.
In his proposed measure, Alcover said there is a need to regulate the operation of habal-habal and professionalize the services of drivers to ensure passengers’ safety.
“There is an urgent need to institute safety measures for the motorcycle-for-hire or habal-habal drivers and commuters. According to a World Health Organization report, 53 percent of road traffic fatalities in the Philippines were motorcycle or tricycle riders,” read a portion of Alcover’s proposed measure.
Alcover said there is also a need to regulate the habal-habal since traffic congestion has worsened.
Commuters, he said, are suffering from the lack of an efficient mass transport system and habal-habal has become the common mode of transportation in the city.
The proposed measure includes the imposition of an annual registration fee of between P250 and P500.
Operators will also have to register with officials in the barangay where they operate.
But prior to registration, the driver will undergo riding skills training and traffic rules and regulations seminar with the Cebu City Transportation Office.
Drivers will be penalized once caught violating traffic rules and they will be made to pay the penalties, which range from P500 to P2,000.
The proposed ordinance was has been referred to the Council’s committee on laws for comments and recommendations. (RVC)