Table Talk: Unruly ‘sicad-sicad’ drivers are traffic hazards PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 November 2011 14:39

BY Mike S Apostol

The cheapest form of public transportation in the city, the “sicad-sicad” found in almost all barangays of the city, but most especially in the city proper is fast becoming a pestering problem recently unlike before when it was the most convenient transportation in many parts of the city.
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First, because it is cheap to buy one unit of “sicad”. Even low income families who have little savings can buy one and have it rented for P35 a day. The affluent ones and some businessmen own a score of them, some a fleet of 50 in one barangay. This is one reason why traffic is congested in busy barangays because they are allowed to ferry their passengers outside their assigned areas passing national highways, joining bumper to bumper with other big utility vehicles and cargo trucks. Once these “king of the road” vehicles are in the highways, the movement of traffic is slowed to the maximum, making travel time to your office and school longer and many times you are late. Not only that, they are risking the lives of their passengers.
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Second, the number of units alone is more than the number of tricycles in the whole city. If there are at least 20,000 units of tricycles in the city, easily, “sicad” outnumber them by twofold. Try to count them and you will know what we are talking about.
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Third, are the barangay officials, police authorities and city officials knew who are these “sicad” drivers? Are they aware that some of them are fugitives and criminals from where they come from? Some of them are neighborhood thieves and thugs, committing robbery in the neighborhood at night after they have scouted potential robbery victims during the daytime when they are driving. So many cases of thievery and robbery have been reported to the barangay and police but nothing has been done about it, because the thieves are still plying their route. Worst, beat policemen assigned in the area are seemingly in cahoots with these bastards because they can violate traffic rules infront of those policemen without getting any reprimand or citation. Try to visit San Jose Gusu junction of the road going to San Roque after five PM and you will see how Law and Order is violated by these “sicad” drivers.
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The city government must adopt enough to control these “sicad” drivers because they are our social problem and road menace. The city ordinance approving the existence of “sicads” in the city has a time frame and rules. There is a provision on how many “sicads” per barangay and who are allowed to drive them, unlike now even elementary out-of-school youth are allowed to drive them. Go to Campo Islam and you will see them. “Sicad” drivers must be given some form of non-transferable IDs so we will have control over them unlike now “sicad” drivers even control the barangay and policemen. They don’t give a damn when they are driving, without shirt and sometimes shouting and joking on the road as if the whole barangay is their home. If they pity these “sicad” drivers then give them free IDs and have a list of how many “sicad” units we have in the city. Poverty and economic “marginalism” is not a reason to violate the rights of the law-abiding and tax payers. Corrupt beat policemen must look after the welfare of the whole citizenry and not only have keen interest on the many gambling and drug dens in the city. Mayor Celso Lobregat must also have time to look at these “sicad” problem of the city and if the mayor will dig deeper, he will even know that there are lawless assets disguised as “sicad” drivers.
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Scoop: How safe is the city from lawless elements? Are all city traffic aides sincere and honest? Wait for next issue.