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Monday, August 19, 2019

Minglanilla studies banning tricycles from nat’l highway

AFTER the completion of the road concreting project in Minglanilla town last week, local police are proposing schemes to improve the town’s vehicular traffic.

One of these is implementing a truck ban at certain hours of the day.

Chief Insp. Franco Rudolf Oriol, Minglanilla police chief, said he has recommended to amend the traffic code, implement a truck ban, and limit tricycles and motorcycles-for-hire to secondary roads and prohibit them from the national highway.

Oriol said that one of the contributing factors to traffic congestion on the highway is the presence of tricycles that pick up passengers in the middle of the road without considering other motorists.

They also plan to designate left-turn and U-turn slots on the highway, to prevent drivers from turning wherever they please, which adds to congestion.

These proposals have been presented before Minglanilla Mayor Elanito Peña and the Municipal Council for deliberation, said Oriol.

Although they are initially supportive of the recommendations, the town officials want to hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments, especially on the regulations on tricycles and motorcycles-for-hire.

Oriol said they are closely coordinating with the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) in training personnel of the Minglanilla Traffic Command (Mitcom) on how to enforce traffic rules.

If the proposals are approved, Orioil said that his men will be working closely with Mitcom.

Meanwhile, DPWH Second Engineering District Chief Fernando Cruz said it might be a long time before they could implement another road project in the town because of the congestion they might cause.

Cruz said that should they need to repair roads in Minglanilla, they have to find ways to prevent congestion on the national highway.
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