Yanga: Political will needed to solve trike overcharging PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:13

Former Zamboanga City Police Director Mario Yanga underlines political will and increased involvement among government agencies as solutions to combat the rampant overcharging erring tricycle drivers.

“The bottom line is political will,” Yanga said, as he cited the need for more serious efforts by City Hall if it wants to solve the problem on overcharging.

“Local government should coordinate with different agencies and not merely relegate the problem to the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB)” Yanga said.

He said that the local chief executive should call a meeting among these agencies to give them a firm guidance to solve the overcharging problem.  The directive, once given, should be strictly monitored to be able to implement a more successful drive.

Yanga said that line agencies such as the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) should be involved together with the TAB and their efforts coordinated for a more comprehensive and effective approach to solve the problem.

The city police should immediately act on complaints filed by victims of overcharging and institute the necessary penalties based on the national law, amendments of which provide for stiffer penalties against overcharging drivers.

Yanga said that it would be more convenient for passengers to complain to police since their personnel are on the streets to monitor traffic violations.

As another requirement, erring tricycle drivers and operators should be made to undergo a seminar to be sponsored by the LTO for them to be re-acquainted with public transport rules and regulations.

This should leave the TAB with lesser responsibilities to act on overcharging complaints and concentrate their efforts in solving the problem on the proliferation of colorum tricycles, Yanga said.

The important thing is the involvement and close coordination of line agencies coupled with strict implementation and monitoring, Yanga pointed out.