Tricycle franchise renewal on full steam PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2013 15:39

Renewal of franchise of motorized tricycles operating in the city is now in full steam, as City Hall further intensifies and simplifies its renewal system.

Since January 2, motorized tricycle operators and owners have flooded City Hall particularly the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) to beat the January 20 deadline set under the law.

The TAB office, located at the City Legal Office at the City Hall second floor is open Mondays through Fridays from 8am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm to accommodate tricycle operators and owners.

TAB records show there are over 7,000 tricycles operating in Zamboanga City and over 4,019 units have renewed franchises and paid corresponding franchise fees as of November 7.

The TAB advises all tricycle operators to renew their franchises on or before the deadline to avoid inconvenience and the payment of penalties and other sanctions.

Meanwhile, the TAB office encourages the riding public to formally file complaints against erring tricycle operators/ drivers to prevent repetition of such malpractices.

The complaints that include overcharging, abuse of authority, refusal to ferry passengers and others may be filed with the TAB office at the second floor of City Hall.

The TAB is the body tasked to supervise the motorized tricycle sector in the city based on Ordinance 185 otherwise known as “An Ordinance prescribing the operation of Tricycles and Granting Franchise for the Operation Thereof within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of Zamboanga”.

Under the ordinance, violation of the conditions set in section 1 is a ground to cancel the franchise granted to the owner besides the administrative penalties also provided for in the said law. Section 1 states that upon filing of the application of certificate of public convenience to operate motorized tricycle, the applicant must submit the following documents: certificate of registration and official receipt of payment of the registration fees for the current year; proof of financial capacity to operate; insurance policy covering third party liability; proof of payment of local and national taxes; professional driver’s license of the driver; police clearance of the operator and the driver; inspection report on road worthiness of the tricycle; pollution clearance issued by the pollution officer; health certificate and barangay clearance.
The city has not granted new franchises but only renewing the permits issued as of 2002. — Sheila Covarrubias