E-trike drivers in Talisay coastal village required to observe proper hygiene, must look presentable

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ELECTRIC tricycle (e-trike) drivers in Barangay Pooc, Talisay City who are often drunk, don’t bathe and are not presentable while taking passengers are now forewarned.

This after officials of the coastal barangay recently approved an ordinance that will require e-trike drivers to follow basic hygiene practices such as bathing properly and applying deodorant if they want to keep their livelihood.

Violators, especially those caught emitting foul body odor, will pay a fine of P100 for the first offense, P200 for the second offense and P1,000 for third offense.

They will also face the risk of having their e-trikes confiscated and brought to the barangay hall if they continue to ignore the village’s ordinance despite several warnings.

Pooc Barangay Captain Osmundo Manreal Jr. told SunStar Cebu that even though there is no national law regulating the use of e-trikes as passenger vehicles, their barangay gave importance to the e-trike drivers for them to become presentable to the public.

The ordinance, he said, also aims to regulate e-trike riders in their barangay and prevent those suspected to have been using illegal drugs from driving.

Manreal said they organized a public hearing last month to tackle the proposed ordinance and they have not received any objection from the 110 e-trike drivers who attended the meeting.

In the meantime, barangay officials have begun registering all e-trike drivers in their village.

The drivers had undergone a drug test prior to the registration.

Manreal said the ordinance was proposed based on the residents’ complaints about e-trike drivers who were often drunk and were not presentable to their passengers.

The said ordinance is set to be implemented next month. (BBT / TPT)