Approval of new trike edict stalled anew PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:01

The more than two-year attempt of revising the old tricycle ordinance has again added another length to its long overdue state, when the city council once more held in abeyance in its regular session yesterday, the approval for second reading, of said amended edict.

This is due to a new proposal on how should the tricycle fare matrix be, which was petitioned by Responsible Union of Empowered Drivers Association (RUEDA), said to be the mother organization of all tricycle drivers and operators associations in Zamboanga City.

According to city council’s franchise committee chairman, Councilor Luis ‘Noning’ Biel III, after various consultations with its members, RUEDA, which was represented by its secretary general, Leoncio Cofino, asked his committee to defer the approval of said amended ordinance for the 2nd reading, because the fare matrix for tricycles that they themselves, proposed earlier, is no longer acceptable and reasonable at this time.

Biel said that RUEDA had earlier recommended for a flag down rate of P20,  consumable up to the 1st kilometer, and additional P5 for every succeeding kilometer, regardless of the number of passengers.

However, Biel said, that “RUEDA superseded their own proposal, by coming-up with a new one, which they foresee to be acceptable to the general public”.

Said tricycle federation is now proposing for P10 per passenger for the 1st kilometer, and additional of P5 for every succeeding kilometer thereafter, regardless of the number of passengers.

Under this fare rate, which was agreed upon on a general assembly on April 21, 2013, in its main office in Sta Cruz Public Market, RUEDA promises to extend all senior citizens and students 20% discount.

Biel in turn moved for a conduct of another public hearing on June 3, 2013 to discuss about the new RUEDA petition, a particular motion which was unanimously approved by all councilors, present in yesterday’s regular council session.

Asked whether the new petition would indeed be acceptable to the riding public, the franchise committee chair said, “I can not conclude yet, unless, RUEDA can justify on June 3, as to why this new fare proposal of theirs should be approved”. — Philip Abuy