Mayor orders review of tricycle ordinance PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011 15:27

Mayor Celso Lobregat has tasked the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) headed by City Legal Officer Norberto Patriarca to study the possibility of amending the ordinance regulating the operation of motorized tricycles in the city saying that most of its provisions are no longer suitable to the present situation.

Among the provisions that will be subject of review are the fare rates, the number of passengers to be ferried and the possibility of changing the renewal period from one year to three years and several other details that need to be adjusted and or amended.

Mayor Lobregat issued the instructions to TAB Chair Patriarca during a meeting with tricycle operators and drivers representing the different associations in the city following the signing of a memorandum of agreement for Pantawid Pasada that will facilitate the release of the government’s fuel subsidy to tricycle operators.

The meeting provided the opportunity for the mayor and other city officials including representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Police and the Traffic Division to dialogue with the tricycle sector.

Ordinance 185 approved over 10 years ago is the law that prescribes the operation of Tricycles and Grants Franchise for the Operation Thereof within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of Zamboanga.

While the fare rates (in the ordinance) remain as is for the past 10 years, increases in fuel prices have taken place numerous times since then causing some drivers to overcharge passengers.

Lobregat lamented that overcharging by tricycle drivers is one of the complaints being aired by some visitors to Zamboanga. “While our visitors find Zamboanga peaceful and vibrant contrary to what is projected by the media, overcharging by tricycle drivers is one of the problems that most of our visitors encounter in the city”.

“I appeal to tricycle drivers and operators to help us improve the image of Zamboanga,” the mayor said during the meeting.

He stressed that when the tricycle ordinance is reviewed these important issues should be discussed.
Nevertheless, the mayor urged the representatives of the different tricycle drivers and operators associations to police its own ranks to minimize if not eradicate complaints about overcharging or abusive drivers.

The police likewise have been tasked to sanction erring tricycle drivers.
Meanwhile, the release of fuel subsidy to legitimate tricycle franchise holders will start tomorrow, May 17 until May 28. The City Treasurer’s Office as well as the TAB will extend office hours even up to Saturdays to distribute the P150 one time fuel allowance.

On the other hand, renewal of tricycle franchises and the payment of corresponding fees have been extended until May 21 after which a crackdown will be implemented against colorum units starting May 22. The CTO and the TAB will also extend office hours until Saturdays to accommodate late renewals, based on instructions from Mayor Lobregat. — Sheila Covarrubias