By Jel Santos
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently clarified that tricycle ban is only lifted on the Katipunan Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City.
“[O]nly tricycles traversing Katipunan Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City are covered by the lifting the [tricycle] ban while the Quezon City local government is still looking for [alternate] routes that [are] safe for tricycles. This is based on an agreement made during a recent hearing of the House Committee of Metro Manila Development,” Jose Arturo Garcia, MMDA general manager, said.
Tricycle units plying the Katipunan Avenue route were given a temporary reprieve after the Quezon City government asked MMDA to indefinitely defer the ban of the three-wheeled vehicle in the area.
Garcia reiterated that the ban still takes effect on Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Commonwealth Avenue, Marcos Highway , Roxas Boulevard, Recto Avenue, Pres. Quirino Avenue, Araneta Avenue, Taft Avenue, SLEX, Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Avenue, Magsaysay/Aurora Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, A. Bonifacio Avenue, Rizal Avenue, Del Pan, McArthur Highway, and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, MMDA made clear that tricycles can only use the side-most part of Katipunan Avenue.
Too avoid overloading, the agency assigned dispatchers at the tricycle terminals to ensure that only four passengers including the driver aboard per tricycle.
“Each tricycle can only accommodate three passengers with the driver as the fourth person on board.
The MMDA is implementing the tricycle ban based on existing regulations (MMC Ordinance Number 6 Series of 1990 and MMDA Resolution Number 16-08 Series of 2016) prohibiting tricycles and pedicabs on all circumferential and radial roads in the metropolis, Garcia noted.
From January to June 2018, MMDA data showed that a total of 778 tricycle drivers were apprehended violating the ban.