IF Manila has its controversial bus ban, the Pasay City government is considering banning colorum passenger tricycles plying the city’s roadways.
Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto on Tuesday said that the crackdown against colorum tricycles is meant to ease traffic congestion in the city’s secondary roads.
Taking his cue from the intensified crackdown against colorum passenger buses in Manila, Calixto ordered the Tricycle Pedicab Franchising Regulatory Office (TPFRO) and the Pasay Traffic Management Office (PTMO) to ensure that tricycle terminals are in compliance with the provisions of the Tricycle Code and are not hampering the normal flow of traffic.
Personnel of TPFRO and PTMO on Friday impounded four colorum tricycles at the Don Carlos Revilla Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association terminal along Aurora Boulevard in Tramo as part of their regular inspection of tricycle terminals in the city.
The association has about 200 members with more than 100 units of registered tricycles.
Calixto said the Tramo operation was just the start of the drive against colorum trikes adding that more would be impounded in the coming days.
Aside from cracking down on colorum tricycles, the local chief executive said they will also go after trike drivers who are plying their trade even if they have no driver’s license.
Under City Ordinance 4417 (Tricycle Code), particularly Section 29, tricycles belonging to registered Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) are allowed to park in temporary designated parking lane.
No more than seven trikes are allowed under the said ordinance to park in the designated parking lane so as not to hinder the flow of traffic.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) rejected anew some proposal to allow tricycles to travel along national roads in Quezon city, particularly along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said allowing tricycles and other three-wheeled motor vehicles along national roads, like including the EDSA could pose risks to their drivers and passengers alike.
“We cannot just allow tricycles or three-wheeled motor vehicles along the national road,” said Tolentino.
In his proposal, Quezon City 2nd District Councilor Eufemio Lagumbay said allowing tricycles to ply the national roads would result to an increased in income for their owners and drivers adding that trike drivers have complained of fewer passengers due to the limited destinations they can offer.
Tolentino stressed that as early as 1990s, there is an existing ordinance passed by the Metro Manila Council (MMC) as well as a memorandum circular issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) banning tricycles and other three-wheeled vehicles from national highways.
They can only ply their trades along non-congested city or municipal roads or secondary roadways.