TAB asks trike groups to police own ranks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:45

Tricycle Adjudication Board Chairman Atty. Jesus Carbon has called on the different tricycle associations in the city to police their own ranks and help in the effort not to place Zamboanga City in a bad light.

This, as criticisms and complaints against erring and abusive tricycle drivers continue to mount. Some sectors even brand these drivers as ‘highway vultures’ for their penchant in overcharging fares.

Atty. Carbon, who is the City Legal Officer, is set to convene the officers of the different tricycle associations operating in the city to a meeting next week to discuss issues besetting the tricycle sector. To attend the meeting are representatives from the Police Traffic Division, Traffic Enforcement Team the City Administrator and the City Mayor.

Carbon will also convene the TAB to decide on measures on how to intensify crackdown against violators of Ordinance 185, the law regulating the operation of motorized tricycles in the city as well as the crackdown against colorum units.

Prior to the siege, the City Government had a 24/7 team operating against colorum tricycles as well as violators of Ordinance 185. Tricycles were impounded at the former ZAMBAGORA area at the back of City Hall. The campaign however was stopped due to the crisis brought about by the September 2013 siege. “We consider the plight of the tricycle operators and drivers. Most of them are poor and were affected by the siege. But the problem now is that many are discourteous, arrogant and abusive who overcharge fares and refuse to convey passengers to their destination.”

To help guide passengers on the prescribed fare rates, Atty. Carbon said the plan is to post a huge signage at the airport, sea port, and Guiwan bus terminal.

The TAB chair said his group is also beset with challenges, as it does not have sufficient manpower and resources to conduct an all out campaign against colorum tricycles and violators of Ordinance 185. The board merely relies on policemen and traffic enforcers who use their personal vehicles to implement the drive.

Aside from Atty. Carbon, the other members of the TAB are Councilor Luis Biel III, Chairman of the Council committee on Franchise and Linda Mandi representing the riding public. — Sheila Covarrubias