DILG told: enforce ban on trikes in highways

Days before the full implementation of the use of helmets in the streets of Dumaguete City, the DILG is also urged to enforce the nationwide ban of tricycles in the national highways.

The Nagkakaisang Samahan ng mga Nangangasiwa ng Panlalawigang Bus sa Pilipinas Incorporated, an organization claiming to represent the majority of the provincial bus operators in the country alleges that the “continued operation of pedicabs and tricycles has been the cause of several fatal accidents, sometimes involving buses of member operators.”

Thus it urges the Secretary Eduardo Ano of the Department of Interior and Local Government to instruct the Philippine National Police and the Highway Patrol Group to enforce the enforce the ban on the most common mode of transport among the ordinary citizens.

However, there is no guarantee yet if such prohibition can be applies in Dumaguete City and other areas of the province considering that the PNP must “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.

Also to be discussed between the Local Chief Executives and PNP is the enforcement of the prohibition of tricycles to carry more passengers and goods than what they are designed for or more than what is authorized in the franchise.

The governors and mayors will also consult their respective Sanggunians to decide whether it is prudent to ban the tricycles and pedicabs in the main highways even if there is no other alternative routes.

Besides, 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, which should exempt tricycles and pedicabs from the ban.