Guingona urges measure vs overcharging tricycle drivers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 17:43

Councilor Benjamin “Nonong” Guingona said yesterday there is a need  for the City Council to conduct a thorough study and later come up with measure on how to discipline and punish erring and abusive tricycle drivers.

Guingona was referring to arrogant, discourteous and disrespectful tricycle drivers who overcharge passengers most of whom are visitors, transients and local and foreign tourists.

The councilor has received several complaints that many of the tricycle drivers in the city are undiscipline, discourteous and taking advantage of visitors, transients and tourists.

He explained that abusive tricycle drivers are destroying the tourism industry and the image of Zamboanga City 

Guingona has also received information that most people from Dipolog and Pagadian City are calling the tricycle drivers  of Zamboanga City “holduppers.”

Visitors from Dipolog and Pagadian had complained that overcharging tricycle drivers had charged them P50 fare  from Atilano Pension House to Jollibee in Gov. Camins.
Councilor Gerky Valesco, a Jaycee, also said that  a group of Jaycees from Luzon recently rode a tricycle from Zalo’s to the Zamboanga Airport and the driver charged them P 1,000 fare.

A priest had visited Carmelite Convent along RT Lim Boulevard and rode a tricycle thereat going to Fort Pilar last October 11,2011. The tricycle driver demanded P200 fare. 

It was learned that trycycle fare in Dipolog City, Pagadian and Ipil is only P9 per passenger.

The victims of overcharging tricycle drivers are asking why the city government is not doing anything to stop this malpractice.

Land Transportation Office 9 Zamboanga City District Office Head Noel M.  Noche suggested that to punish and discipline overcharging tricycle drivers, there must be a form to be given to complainants, where they write the names of the erring drivers and the plate number of their tricycles and drop it on a box. — Allen Abastillas