City to legalize colorum trikes, but limit them to “special zones”

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The City government is set to issue franchises to “colorum” tricycles currently plying city center routes but only for them to be allowed to operate on “special zones” outside the downtown city proper.

The measure, according to officials, is intended to decongest traffic in the city proper and to “rationalize” the operations of illegal tricycles.

“Meron na tayong solusyon d’yan. Actually approved na nga ‘yan sa Sanggunian, ‘yung pagbibigay ng franchise sa kanila, para mag-ooperate nalang sila outside ng Adventist Hospital. After ng Adventist, pwede na sila mag-operate, meron na silang special zone at bibigyan natin sila ng special permit,’ Engr. Jonathan  Magay of the City Traffic Management said.

The proposed ordinance aims to eliminate the illegal tricycle units in the city to ease traffic by providing a “special zone and permit” intended for colorum tricycles.  Magay said that this scheme will help them determine which tricycles are illegally operating in the city.

“Ang byahe nila north and south din, magda-dalawang kulay din sila-yellow and green. May araw na yellow, may araw na green lang ang tatakbo except every Sunday, papayagan sila hanggang loob,” said Magay.

According to city councilor Rolando Amurao, the ordinance has already been discussed and was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod last October 2016.

“This ordinance aims to give out more or less 2,200 special permit intended for our colorum tricycles. Napapirmahan na ‘yan noong October 2016 pa,” said Amurao.

However, there had been a problem regarding a certain section within the approved ordinance that requires the Sangguniang Panlungsod to make another ordinance intended for the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of the proposed plan, which they can’t, so the ordinance was later amended to a resolution.

“Studying the whole ordinance, hindi pwede na magkaroon siya ng another ordinance, kaya ina-mend natin to become a resolution para magkaroon ng IRR,” said Amurao.

When it was finally polished and approved again by the Sanggunian, it was forwarded to the mayor’s office for final approval but due to issues concerning the change of the administration last January 2017, the resolution was set aside and was queued for approval by the administration.

“Nagpalit ‘yung administration, hindi napirmahan. Nagpalitan uli, hindi na naman napirmahan, ‘yan lang ang naging problema,” said Amurao.

Amurao also said that presently, there are over 7,000 units of tricycles operating in the city, over 4,000 of which are registered and over 2,000 are listed as colorums.

“Kinoconsider natin sila kasi hindi pa talaga kaya kasi kulang pa ang sasakyan. Hindi dahil sa takot tayo sa eleksyon. Pero sinasabi ko sa kanila na eventually tatanggalin din sila dyan. Kaya bibigyan natin ng special permit ang colorums para malegal sila mamasada,” said Amurao.

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