MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes has tasked the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) to apprehend all tricycle drivers who violate the “one passenger” policy and the minimum health protocol.
The mayor had received several complaints regarding these matters in addition to tricycle drivers who allegedly ply the streets without a valid franchise.
In his Facebook post, he said tricycle violators who pick up more than one passenger continue to collect P25 per person.
He said he understands that some of them are just trying to make a living, but they shouldn’t take advantage of passengers or risk their health.
He said the government had imposed a P25 tricycle base fare so drivers could earn enough money to support their expenses, on the assumption that they would comply with the “one passenger” policy.
Edwin Jumao-as, executive director of Team, said he had already ordered traffic enforcers to conduct random checkpoints and check tricycle drivers for special permits.
The Team started its random checkpoints in the interior portions of Barangays Labogon, Paknaan and Pagsabungan on Friday afternoon, Jan. 8, 2021, because they noticed that most violations of the “one passenger” policy occurred in these areas.
Arnold Malig-on, Team operations head, told SunStar Cebu they issued 54 citation tickets during their operations and impounded two tricycle units that did not have a special permit to operate.
He said the penalty for the citation is P1,000.
Among the 54 violators, a few were drivers of pick-up trucks and multicabs who carried passengers at the back.
Jumao-as said they also received reports that buses and beeps also accommodate more than the prescribed capacity. However, they have yet to go after them.
He said they will continue to strictly monitor public transportation drivers and operators for compliance with minimum health standards. (KFD)