Tricycles form in queue in a station in Quezon City.
The Quezon City government will not allow the use of tricycles as school service this school year.
The city administrator said, other than tricycles are not authorized by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), it is not covered by insurance unlike legitimate school services.
Based on the ordinance, tricycles can only carry three persons and children are prohibited as back riders.
The local government will apprehend anyone who will violate the ordinance and will be fined three thousand to five thousand.
But the local government admits that it is hard for them to identify whether a tricycle is used a school service or just hailed by students, they will just monitor overloading because it is prohibited.
“It’s hard to prove that a tricycle is use as a school service unless there will be a complainant that will tell us if a tricycle is use as a school service,” said City Administrator Aldrin Cuña.
In Quezon City, there are forty thousand tricycles aside from those that are out of line, this is the reason why it is not easy for the local government to monitor all.
Meanwhile, the LTFRB is in favor of the step made by Quezon City.
Because of this, the board will write a letter to all local governments to urge them not to allow the use of tricycles as school services.
“I will request the board if we can send again reminders to all LGUs if they can strictly enforced monitoring on all tricycles because of its involvement in many accidents,” said LTFRB public affairs Arnel Del Rio.
All tricycles in the country are outside the jurisdiction of LTFRB but under the local government units.
(MON JOCSON/UNTV News)