TAB to launch crackdown vs colorum trickes after May 2 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 16:13

The Tricycle Adjudication Board, the body tasked to supervise the motorized tricycle sector, is set to launch a crackdown against colorum or illegally operating units after the May 2 deadline set for the settlement of all accounts with the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO).

TAB Chair and City Legal Officer Norberto Patriarca said the board is closely coordinating with the CTO and law enforcement agencies to ensure that a massive drive against all tricycle units operating without the proper documents is implemented after May 2.

City Treasurer Soledad Li the other day said tricycle franchise holders who have not renewed their franchises are given only until May 2 to settle their accounts with the CTO or face sanctions.

Mrs. Li came issued the ultimatum amid observations that over 2,000 tricycle franchise holders have not renewed their franchises and paid the corresponding fees as of yesterday.  Based on     TAB records, there are 7,144 tricycle franchise holders but only 4,604 have complied with the requirements provided for in Ordinance 185 otherwise known as “An Ordinance prescribing the operation of Tricycles and Granting Franchise for the Operation Thereof within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of Zamboanga”.

The deadline for the payment of the franchise fees was January 20, 2011 coinciding with the deadline set for the payment of business taxes and other fees concerning business permits.

Atty. Patriarca hoped that tricycle franchise holders will avail of reprieve given to them and beat the ultimatum set on May 2. “They have one more week to comply with the law. After that we will start the crackdown”.

Under the ordinance, violation of the conditions set in section 1 is a ground to cancel the franchise granted to the owner besides the administrative penalties also provided for in the said law. Section 1 states that upon filing of the application of certificate of public convenience to operate motorized tricycle, the applicant must submit the following documents: certificate of registration and official receipt of payment of the registration fees for the current year; proof of financial capacity to operate; insurance policy covering third party liability; proof of payment of local and national taxes; professional driver’s license of the driver; police clearance of the operator and the driver; inspection report on road worthiness of the tricycle; pollution clearance issued by the pollution officer; health certificate and barangay clearance.

The city has not granted new franchises but only renewing the permits issued as of 2002. — Sheila Covarrubias