Mayors told: Clear highways of pedicabs, tricycles

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has once again called on all mayors to prohibit pedicabs and tricycles along national highways.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, in a press release, said the ban is mandated under Memorandum Circular 2007-01.

Tricycles and pedicabs, according to Año, are not safe to operate along national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour.

He said while the government recognizes that tricycle and pedicab operations provide livelihood and income to Filipinos, both in the urban center and rural areas, “allowing them on main thoroughfares poses hazards to other motor vehicles, the riding public, and even to the drivers themselves.”

“The regulation of tricycles and pedicabs on national highways is, therefore, to the best interest of everyone,” he added.

Concerned Sangguniang Panlungsod (city council) or Sangguniang Bayan (municipal council) may allow the modes of transportation if there is no other alternative route.

Año said they received reports from its field offices regarding the unregulated operation of tricycles and pedicabs along main thoroughfares, which pose serious hazards to the passengers, drivers and other vehicles.

Under the Local Government Code, city and municipal mayors, through their respective sanggunians, are authorized to regulate the operation of tricycles within their territorial jurisdiction, subject to the guidelines prescribed by the Department of Transportation.

Año also urged local authorities to strictly adhere to the standards and guidelines provided by the memorandum, which contains the basic considerations in the preparation of city or municipal tricycle and pedicab franchise and regulatory ordinance or code.

The guidelines include the banning of tricycle and pedicab operations along national highways; prohibiting  the vehicles to carry more passengers and goods than what they are designed for, or more than what is authorized in the franchise, among others.IMT