Solons not keen on supporting tricycle ban on main roads

Solons not keen on supporting tricycle ban on main roads

Lawmakers today urged the government to conduct studies and public
consultation with the people, stakeholders and the local government
units (LGUs) before initiating a ban on tricycles and pedicabs on
highways and major thoroughfares to prevent road accidents.

Rep. Dante Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT) said the move will
dislocate thousands of tricycle and pedicabs drivers who rely solely
on plying the street as their source of income.

Tinio was reacting to the statement of Interior and Local Government
Secretary Jesse Robredo calling on local chief executives and members
of the local legislative councils to ban tricycles and pedicabs on
national roads.

The government should adopt alternative livelihood projects for those
who will be affected if the ban on tricycle and pedicabs will push
through, Tinio said.

According to Tinio, the tricycle is one of the most unique means of
transportation in the country. “It can traverse highways, city
streets, inner roads, alleys, dirt paths, and even places where there
are no identifiable pathways,” he said.

He said there should be a holistic approach on the traffic problem and
accidents involving tricycles and pedicabs.  “We cannot just ban this
means of transportation in whole of the country since millions of
people are getting their daily sustenance from it,” he said.

Rep. Gabriel Quisumbing (6th District, Cebu) said the proposal might
not be applicable to many parts of the country because of the distinct
situations in each area.

Quisumbing said the government cannot discount the important role of
the tricycle in transportation in many parts of the country especially
those in far flung barangays.

“In Cebu, the tricycle drivers are considered as our major partners in
development and so we want to make sure that whatever we decide to
push in the name of peace and order is also sensitive to the needs of
that sector and their families,” Quisumbing said.

Rep. Irwin Tieng (Party-list, Buhay) said he is supporting the
proposal because it is “proper and timely.”

“I just hope that our local officials have the political will for its
implementation and that the DILG must monitor and give sanctions to
LGUs violating the said directive,” Tieng said.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said the total vehicle
registration in the Quezon City area alone exhibited a 114% increase
from the 1990 – 2003. The city has 20,318 registered tricycles.

Pedestrian and vehicular accidents when combined as traffic-related
injuries account for 30% of injuries in previously healthy children;
and tricycle passenger injury ranks 4th in causing motor vehicle
injuries.

Studies show that tricycles are known to rule the streets and even
national highways. For instance, they are seen amid McArthur Highway
leading a train of cars, buses, and trucks behind them, which often
cannot overtake them and instead have to keep pace with them.

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