City national hi-way open to tricycles

Despite the announcement that tricycles will be banned in national highways, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo believes that this cannot be implemented within the city boundaries considering that there no alternatives routes.

“I believe that the prohibition on tricycles in national highways be imposed outside of the city limits but not within,” Mayor Remollo stressed.

He said that this is the reason why the city government is aggressive in its policy to open more access roads to relieve traffic congestion in the Central Business District and provided alternative routes for various destinations.

Land Transportation Office Dumaguete District Chief Alberta Janine Lawas also said that the city government can actually justify why the tricycles are still permitted to ply their routes in the national highways within the city especially if there are no other alternative routes

It is also noted that in Dumaguete City alone, normal speed in the national highways utilized by 4-wheel vehicles does not exceed 40 kilometers per hour because of traffic congestion.

The Department of Interior and Local Government has already asked the Philippine National Police to “coordinate, collaborate and cooperate” with their respective Local Government Units through the governors and mayors on the guidelines and enforcement of the ban against pedicabs and tricycles.

However, it seems that Mayor Remollo is already of the belief that the ban on pedicabs and tricycles in the national highway cannot be imposed unless there are alternative routes for these most common mode of transportation.

Meanwhile, Lawas also denies that the LTO will soon impose the ban on those driving motorcycles clad in slippers or shorts. She stressed that the prime focus of LTO at the moment is to enforce the mandatory use of helmets among motorcycle riders and passengers.