Mayor Estrada considers phase-out of old tricycles in Manila City

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Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau personnel have begun apprehending drivers of ‘colorum’ tricycles traveling on major roads in Manila City.

The drivers could do nothing despite opposition from the City Hall’s new policy.

“We are working fairly, but they cause us problems,” a tricycle driver said.

“Dapat ang maganda sa kanila, magpa-permit sila, sumali sila sa mga TODA,” said Manila Traffic & Parking Bureau team leader Joe Tabao. (The right thing for them to do is to join organizations of tricycle drivers and operators.)

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is contemplating on phasing out old tricycle units in the city.

In fact, they have started to implement stricter rules in Binondo area.

Aside from out-of-line units, they have also barred old tricycle units from traveling.

“Eventually phaseout, gradual.  Dito phaseout na sila, di na sila makakapasok (Eventually they [tricycles] will be phased out gradually. They will be banned from the city),” Mayor Estrada said.

The avoid losing their livelihood, the city hall advises tricycle drivers to use e-trikes.

Fifty e-trike units have been distributed to beneficiaries.

“Siguro yung mabawasan yung gastusin sa gasolina, libre yung charging (This will help save expenses for gasoline. The charging is free), Benjamin Abton, a beneficiary of e-trike said.

But drivers claim they have difficulty in acquiring an e-trike unit.

“Kailangang kumpleto ng requirement e, hindi ka makakuha kung hindi kumpleto (You must complete the requirements to get an e-trike unit),” tricycle driver Jose Gumanit said.

According to the Manila traffic bureau, there are 25,000 tricycles operating in Manila City. However, only 5,000 units have secured a franchise and permit to operate. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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