TRICYCLES, pedicabs and motorized pedicabs operating in Cebu Province can travel along national highways provided that the local government unit they belong to has issued an ordinance that allows them to do so.
This was announced by Jhoaden Lucero, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cebu Provincial director, during the regular session of the Provincial Board on Oct. 5, 2020.
Under the DILG Circular 2020-036, tricycles, pedicabs and motorized pedicabs are not allowed to ply national highways due to safety reasons.
There have been several accidents involving slow-moving vehicles like tricycles on highways.
However, in the same memo, it is stipulated that the Sangguniang Bayan or Sangguniang Panlungsod can provide an exception should there be no alternative route available.
Lucero said the exception must be supported by an ordinance issued by the city or municipality, as well as a tricycle route plan (TRP).
“If the LGU doesn’t have the ordinance, that means the general rule still applies and that is, no tricycle is allowed to ply national roads,” Lucero said through the Capitol’s news portal.
If the town or city wishes to have tricycles operate on the main roads, it should draft a TRP before the expiration of the exception’s two-year validity.
Lucero said: “However I would like to emphasize that a route plan has only a two-year validity. That means the purpose of that is for the local government to identify already and/or prepare or establish construction of alternative route.”
In line with this, the Land Transportation Office Central Visayas (LTO 7) also assured that it will not apprehend tricycles, pedicabs or motorized pedicabs as long as there is an ordinance, unless they breach the jurisdictions of the LGU and therefore, considered unauthorized.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Central Visayas also explained that this is just one step toward modernization.
The Provincial Board is calling on concerned offices to work on the matter as soon as possible for ease of tricycle and pedicab operations in Cebu Province, after Barili and Toledo City have passed ordinances allowing tricycles and pedicabs to operate on national highways. (ANV / CBQ)