TAB resumes drive against colorum tricycles: 9 seized PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:19

By VIC LARATO

The city government’s Tricycle Adjudication Board has impounded nine tricycles for operating flagrantly without a franchise, seven of which didn’t even have license or registration plates.

This developed as the TAB resumed on Tuesday its relentless campaign against colorum tricycles (operating without a franchise) considering that the city government through the TAB no longer issues franchise for tricycles “newly” operating in Zamboanga City.

The TAB is accepting franchises only for renewal.

City Legal Officer and TAB Chair Atty. Jesus Carbon, who is also the concurrent officer-in-charge of the City Administrator’s Office, ordered the TAB personnel in coordination with the police and traffic enforcers to launch anew the campaign against tricycles operating without a franchise.

Acting on information from unnamed sources, the so-called TAB operatives immediately swooped down on what appeared to be a “waiting area” for tricycles mostly without franchises at the corner of the road leading to Barangay Lunzuran, just a stone’s throw away from a police outpost.

True to the information, the operatives apprehended nine tricycles, whose drivers or operators admitted to operating their units without a franchise.

TAB member Linda Mandi said there was even a dispatcher in the area akin to a regular loading area for tricycle passengers.

Mandi added that seven of the “franchiseless” tricycles were “plateless” as well, meaning no registration plates, and most of the units were new motorcycles with old sidecars.

Mandi said the operation of colorum tricycles is unfair for tricycle operators with franchises, who pay taxes and other fees to the city government and BIR, and a number of the franchised units are already old and rundown because no more replacement is allowed—not even new tricycle units.

She also said colorum tricycles are not covered with insurance, thus their passengers will be at more risk in case of accidents.

Operators of colorum tricycles will be slapped with a fine of not less than P20,000, following the fees prescribed by the Land Transportation Office.

Records showed that 56 tricycles were also impounded last March due to various offenses, ranging from operating with franchise to traffic law violations. — Vic Larato