City Council grants trike drivers, operators 30-day extension to renew permits

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The City Council has granted the request of 1,683 tricycle franchise holders for a 30-day extension to renew their mayor’s permits and make annual supervision fee payments.

Councilor Rolando Amurao, the sponsor of the resolution, said Monday that the extension will be up to May 31 now for tricycle franchise holders who failed to meet the city government’s deadline.

Earlier, the City Council passed a resolution granting them an extention until May 15, but due to the celebration of the Holy Week and the weekends, Amurao said they approved another resolution to make it 30 days instead.

“Nakita natin na maraming holidays on Saturdays and Sundays, so we moved to pass another measure extending the renewal of mayor’s permits and payment of the annual supervision fee for tricycles from April 15 to May 31,” said Amurao, the chairman of the committee on transportation of the City Council.

He said the earlier resolution consists of eight weekend-days, and two holidays already, which were the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Taking away a total of 10 days, tricycle drivers and operators will only have 20 working days to transact, he pointed out.

“So with that 30-day period that we have given for the extension of their renewal of their mayor’s permit and payment of annual supervision fees, 10 araw na kaagad ang nawala doon sa 30 days na binigay natin,” he said.

The City’s Tricycle Franchising Section (CTFS) started accepting applications for renewal of permits on April 15.

However, the computer server from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) broke down, resulting in many drivers and operators failing to meet the February 28 deadline of the city government.

Official receipts and certificates of registrations (OR-CR) issued by the LTO are part of the requirements of the City’s Tricycle Franchising and Regulatory Board (CTFRB) in renewing their mayor’s permits.

Rodelo Muñoz, CTFS head said tricycle operators and drivers in the city have asked their office for an extension.

Muñoz said that on March 27 they agreed to make the request to the City Council for a resolution for an extension.

Puerto Princesa City currently has 6,250 tricycles plying its streets, of which 4,000 have regular franchises while the remaining were granted special permits to operate.

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