Cebu City trike fares stay at P15 for max of 3 passengers

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TRICYCLE drivers and operators in Cebu City will be allowed to collect a fare of P15 for at least two months due to high fuel prices and limited passengers.

City Councilor James Cuenco, chairman of the committee on transportation, met with the different tricycle drivers and operators in the city on Wednesday, May 26, 2022, to discuss fare rates and other concerns of the sector.

Areas in Cebu City that have tricycles are Inayawan, Punta Princesa, Laray, Guadalupe, Pasil and Mambaling.

Cuenco said they have agreed to retain the P15 fare from the initial P10 fare before the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, tricycle drivers are only allowed to carry a maximum of three passengers if they are going to collect P15, Cuenco added.

Most of the tricycles that ply the city’s streets can accommodate 5-6 passengers at a time.

Based on the data provided by Cuenco, 400 tricycle units are duly registered by the City Government.

Cuenco said a sticker will be placed by City Hall to show that the unit is allowed to collect P15 but can only carry three passengers.

“We are cognizant of the fact that their situation isn’t easy because there are many passengers who are also conscious of health protocols that’s why they can’t fill up their tricycles,” said Cuenco in a mix of Cebuano and English.

The councilor said a two-month grace period will be given to the drivers and operators to see if fuel prices will go down.

Aside from fuel prices, another factor being considered is the volume of passengers considering that not all students have returned to school for face-to-face classes.

Cuenco said if all factors become favorable after the two-month period, the drivers are willing to adjust the fare back to P10.

Personnel from the Cebu City Transportation Office will also conduct inspections in tricycle terminals to check if drivers have necessary documents such as vehicle registration and a franchise to operate.

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