Overcharging trike drivers face P5,000 in penalties PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:16

By LIZA JOCSON

In yet another attempt to solve the city’s tricycle woes, the city council passed an amendment to the Franchise ordinance  to charge overcharging drivers up to P5,000 in penalties.

Tricycle operators also face a cancellation of their franchise should their drivers commit the violation thrice.

The amendment also covers drivers who refuse or decline to convey passengers to their destination, commonly known as “isnabero.”

These are among proposed amendments approved during the Council regular session last Tuesday in line with tricycle franchise problems.

Councilor Jimmy Villaflores said that the proposed amendments are only the start of a series of moves to address various violations committed by tricycle drivers.

We need not only solve the overcharging problem but also stop putting the city in a bad light due to abusive tricycle drivers, said Villaflores.

The city council is also scheduled to hold a dialogue with members of the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) to address concerns in the newly approved amendments.

One such concern is how to measure the distance between the points of origin and the destination, an important component in overcharging allegations by passengers.

Some motorists suggest installing a meter that will measure the distance between these points.

Another concern is the penalty to cancel franchises which could only redound to the disadvantage of tricycle operators.

Tricycle drivers will merely continue on driving for another operator, leaving the first one with a cancelled franchise even if the overcharging violation was only committed by the driver.  (Liza Jocson)