Celso asks complaints vs trikes submitted to TAB PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:22

Mayor Celso Lobregat has called on the riding public with grievances against abusive and overcharging drivers of motorized tricycles to formally submit their complaints to the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) or the police for appropriate action.

Lobregat lamented the fact that some drivers are not only overcharging but taking undue advantage of residents and tourists saying that he himself received such complaints from some previous city visitors who went around town using tricycles.

“If we have an official complaint from the passenger then action can be taken but if we have no information and nobody files the complaint then all these overcharging drivers cannot be apprehended”, the mayor said.

To help authorities track down abusive drivers, complainants should take note of the franchise number and or the plate number.

The TAB, which is the body tasked to supervise the operation of tricycles in the city, is located at the second floor of City Hall.

The authorities the other day clamped down a driver, who allegedly charged his passenger P900 for a trip from the Zamboanga airport to the bus terminal in Guiwan. The complainant, a returning Overseas Filipino Worker and a resident of Zamboanga del Sur pressed charges against the driver leading to the latter’s apprehension.

Meanwhile, 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.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat has tasked the 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.

The mayor 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. — Sheila Covarrubias