No overcharging trikes in Gensan, unlike in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 August 2013 13:44

For how many years now, authorities in Zamboanga City are taking no decisive actions to discipline and punish tricycle drivers who are discourteous, overcharging their passengers and displaying arrogant attitude.

In contrast, General Santos City commuters do not experience much this kind of situation on the road.

“We don’t have a problem on our tricycle drivers here in (General Santos) the city . Our tricycle drivers are courteous, respectful and disciplined. They don’t take advantage even if they know their passengers are strangers,” said Gensan Vice Mayor Sherlyn L.Bañas-Nograles in an interview recently.

Bañas-Nograles revealed that when passengers pay their fare more than the regular, drivers always return the change.

“If the passengers pay P10 in coin, the drivers always give back the P2  to the passengers. If passengers give the P2 back to the drivers, the latter would flash a smile and would say ‘thanks Ma’am’ or ‘thanks Sir’,” she said.

The General Santos City government is now in the process of amending its tricycle ordinance and transportation scheme for the benefit of all — the transportation sector, commuters and visitors.

Bañas-Nograles said that since the majority of her partymates compose the ruling bloc in the city council, they are studying now to amend the tricycle ordinance, principally to allow back tricycles  to use one lane of national highways in the city.

She revealed that she has received many suggestions and observations which made her believe that tricycle drivers should not be stopped from using the national highways because tricyle is the number one means of transportation in the city even though there are taxicabs operating in the city.

General Santos folks still patronize tricycles because the fare is very affordable compared to that of taxicabs.

Observers said that commuters should not be forced to take a taxicab and pay expensive fare and tricycle drivers should not be deprived of the use of a national highway.

One suggestion Bañas-Nograles received is to allow tricycles to ply the highways on limited hours.

She assured that the City Council  will study it seriously for the benefit of the people.

“We will conduct dialogues and consultations with the transportation sector, including habal-habal drivers and all stakeholders of the city. We will look for solutions,” Bañas-Nograles said. — Allen Abastillas