Mayor urges rigid drive against colorum trikes PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2011 13:49

Mayor Celso Lobregat has called on concerned authorities to implement a no-nonsense campaign against unauthorized or colorum tricycle units in line with the provisions of the ordinance regulating the operation of motorized tricycles in the city.

Mayor Lobregat issued the call as the ultimatum set by the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) for the payment of fees for the renewal of tricycle franchises has lapsed May 2.

“The concerned authorities should now implement the law. They should do their work”, the mayor declared.

The May 2 deadline set was a joint decision of the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) and the CTO following observations that only a little over 4,000 out of the total 7,144 tricycle franchise holders have renewed their franchises and paid the corresponding fees as of April 25. The original deadline for the payment of the fees was January 20.

The tricycle franchise renewal fees is only P350 per year.
Aside from colorum tricycle units, other complaints reaching the TAB are overcharging, operating without the proper accessories such as headlights, signal lights, mirrors and many others.

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” provides that violation of the conditions set in the law is a ground to cancel the franchise granted to the owner besides the administrative penalties also provided for in the said law.

Section 1 of the ordinance 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.
The agency tasked to supervise and oversee the operation of tricycles in the city is the TAB in coordination with the CTO, the police, traffic enforcement team and the Land Transportation Office (LTO). — Sheila Covarrubias