Talisay City to crack down on erring tricycle drivers

THE City of Talisay Traffic Operations Development Authority (CT-Toda) will go after tricycle drivers caught taking advantage of their passengers and constantly violating traffic laws.

Jonathan Tumulak, CT-Toda head, made the announcement before more than 100 tricycle drivers who ply the Barangay Linao to Barangay Bulacao route and vice versa on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2020.

The office of Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. received several complaints from commuters earlier this month, ranging from tricycles overcharging and trip-cutting to operating dilapidated units and operating without a franchise.

The tricycle’s minimum fare is P8.

“Dili na gyud sila kamahay kay nipahimangno na ta nila nga mohimo mo og operasyno kon padayon nilang himuon ang mga violation. Sige na ta og pahinumdom nila (They can’t blame us if we apprehend them since we’ve been warning them that we would go after them. In fact, we keep on reminding them),” Tumulak said.

According to Talisay City Hall records, there are 1,591 tricycles with franchises operating in the city. But based on estimates, the number of tricycles plying Talisay’s roads reaches 3,000.

During the meeting, Tumulak also brought up the latest directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government mandating barangays to implement clearing operations, which include banning tricycles from the national highways.

He said they just wanted to inform tricycle drivers about the highway ban since the Land Transportation Office might start apprehending them for violating the mandate.

He said the CT-Toda is preparing new routes for tricycle drivers who will be affected by the ban. They just need to iron out some kinks, conduct some consultations and have the measure passed in the City Council, he said.

“The mayor ordered us to accommodate the tricycle drivers. He wants us to help them so they can continue to make a living. We just have to ensure they follow the law,” Tumulak said in Cebuano. (FMD / PJB )