City earns P1.5M in fines in drive vs erring trikers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 11:59

by SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The continuous drive against erring motorized tricycle drivers and operators in the city in 2015 generated a total of P1.5 million in income from administrative fines imposed on violators.

This is based on a report from the City Treasurer’s Office submitted to the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) for the period January 1 to December 31, 2015.

TAB chair Atty. Jesus Carbon, who is the City Legal Officer said the board has been consistently aggressive in its campaign against violations of the Ordinance 185 otherwise known as the law regulating the operation of motorized tricycles in the city. These violations include the overcharging and refusal to convey passengers.

The P1.5 million income in 2015 is way much higher than the 2014 record which only reached P920,200.

“It is not true that if there are complaints there are no solutions, in fact, we have imposed fines. The problem arises when the complainant cannot supply the information on plate numbers, names and other details, so in that case, who shall we apprehend?”, Atty. Carbon said.

Aside from the P1.5 million income derived from administrative fines imposed on erring drivers and operators in 2015, the TAB also contributed P602,020  and P319,277.41 to  city coffers for delayed payment of tricycle franchises and corresponding charges and penalties, respectively.

For income derived from the payment of change of ownership and such other revenues derived from payment of tricycle operations, the TAB also contributed over P1.2 million to city coffers. The amount is broken down as follows: P996,650 for change of ownership[ including registration fee, P60,800 for inspection fee and P240,000 for stickers (fare matrix/franchise).

The TAB chair assures that the board remains aggressive in its campaign, as he sought for public cooperation by formally reporting to the TAB office all complaints against erring tricycle drivers.

The TAB has also intensified its crackdown against violators of Ordinance 185 on field with the help and assistance of personnel from City Administrator’s office and the local police. It has also requested Mayor Beng Climaco to mobilize barangay tanods and police stations in the barangays to help in the campaign. — Sheila Covarrubias