The Puerto Princesa City Traffic Enforcement Group has impounded since last week about 100 colorum tricycles after they concentrated their enforcement operations during night time.
Retired police senior superintendent David Martinez, City Traffic Enforcement Group head, also said they will press on with their campaign to rid the city of illegal tricycles plying the streets.
“Huwag na nilang ipagpilitan, kapag talagang colorum sila, talagang mahuhuli at mahuhuli sila. Tapos na ‘yong mga araw na mango-ngolorum kayo na parang hindi kayo pinapansin ng batas. Kung colorum lang din ang inyong imamaneho, mabuti pa maghanap na kayo ng ibang hanapbuhay para naman hindi kayo nape-perwisyo. Kung araw-araw o linggo-linggo mahuhuli kayo, kawawa naman kayo,” he said.
Martinez said he changed the regular hours of duty of his team from day to night in order to seize the colorum tricycles roaming the city during night-time.
Martinez said they decided to conduct night duties since they have been receiving many complaints by commuters being taken advantaged by abusive tricycle drivers.
“Nagka-conduct kami ng operation, kasama ito sa duty namin, binago ko lang ‘yong oras ng duty ng mga tao ko dahil na-monitor na ng mga ilegalista, itong mga colorum, ‘yong mga hindi gumagawa ng maganda, ‘yong mga drivers na nag-o-over pricing. Kaya kapag patay na oras, doon sila lumalabas,” said Martinez.
He also added he will not only continue implementing their night-time operations, but will also let his people to respond immediately any moment they receive information on where these colorum tricycles are flocking, especially while Baragatan Festival is ongoing.
“So ngayon, wala kaming oras ng special duty, anytime na meron kaming mabalitaan na nagkukumpol sila, doon kami nagko-conduct ng operation,” Martinez told Palawan News.
Martinez also reminded the public of the new city ordinance imposing higher fines and penalties to those tricycle drivers and operators who will resist the law.
“P3000 sa first offense lang ‘yon, sa second offense ay P4000 sa operator [and] P4000 sa driver, may impoundment pa rin ‘yon, so another. Then sa third offense P5000 sa driver [and] confiscation ng side car. So pasensyahan na, pasensyahan na,” Martinez said.