PSTMO on trike highway ban: ‘Very complex’

first_imgHe is open to the possibility ofallowing tricycles on highways “basta aralang sila right lane, sa pinakakilid nga lane, kon wala na gid sang other modes oftransportation nga naga-serve.” As per 2016 data, Conlu said, IloiloCity has 27 national roads, 151 local streets or city roads, and 107.976 roadnetworks. But according to Año, “Matagalna nating ipinagbabawal ang mga tricyclesat pedicabssa national highwayngunit ang daming pasaway. Hindi lang ito nakakasagabal sa daan kundi nagigingsanhi ng sakuna sa kalye. Kaya dapat nang maging mahigpit ang mga mayorsat ang pulis at siguruhing maipapatupad ang banna ito.” Conlu, however, said “very complex ang sitwasyon. Nabudlayan kami kay it isnot just about tricycles, it is also about the passengers.” Representatives of thetransportation department and its attached agencies will function as resourcepersons of the task force, while the head of the city or municipal legal officeshall provide secretariat support to it. There are more or less 1,300 “renewed”tricycle operators in this city, said Conlu. “Local governments must review and modify tricycleroutes according to the ban and are encouraged to include in their plans theconstruction of local roads or overpasses where the tricycles can operate,” hesaid. But running after the tricycles andpedicab is “a challenge”, said Conlu. Task forces of adjacent LGUs must coordinate and come up with a combined TRP. Each TRP is valid from two years after the issuance of the memorandum. Año said tricycles arealso not allowed to even cross or make a U-turn on national highways. Through DILG MemorandumCircular (MC) 2020-036, the DILG Secretary also said that each city andmunicipality should create a tricycle task force separate from the tricycleregulatory boards to formulate or review its tricycle route plan. Also, he said, “May mga areas nga ang naga-servelang gid tricycles. So indi mo man pwde kwaon sila. Sin-o ma-servesang mga passengers dira?”center_img As part of the roadclearing operations being led by the Department of Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG), Secretary Eduardo Año ordered local chief executives tostrictly implement the ban on tricycles and pedicabs on national highways andto create a tricycle task force that shall draw up a tricycle route plan in theirareas. The task force will becomposed of the mayor as chairman, the chief of police as vice-chairman, andthe Sanggunian’s committee chair on transportation or public safety, thepresident of the Liga ng mga Barangay, the head of the tricycle regulatoryboard, the head of the Department of Public Order and Safety, the planning anddevelopment officer, the head of the traffic management office, and the localgovernment operations officer as members. Some tricycles were holders offranchises from the city government and these covered routes that werepreviously classified as local roads but were, in recent years, converted intonational roads. According to Conlu, since January thePSTMO already apprehended 766 tricycles and mostly on the Sen. Benigno AquinoJr. Avenue (Diversion Road). But he said the actual number could bearound 5,000 tricycle units, which means almost half are operating as colorum(franchise-less). The MC also orders the Philippine National Police to help local leaders enforce the ban./PN The plan should include a schematic map of the location of tricycle terminals, the national highways of the LGU and the portions thereof to be used by tricycles if there is no alternative route. The plan must also detail the installation of appropriate signages, marks for lanes and other safety features to guide all vehicles; create awareness among residents and motorists of new tricycle routes or portions of highways allowed to tricycles because of lack of alternative route; a color scheme or emblem for tricycles that ply a route traversing a national highway; and penalties for violators. According to Año, the task force is tasked to meet with stakeholders and rationalize all tricycle routes to enforce the ban, identify national roads within the jurisdiction of the LGU, and determine the present and proposed routes in view of drafting a tricycle route plan (TRP) within 30 days from the issuance of the memorandum. ILOILO City – The city government’sPublic Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) vowed to step up itscampaign against tricycles and pedicabs operating on national highways.last_img read more

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