By Chito Chavez
Department of interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año has ordered local government units (LGUs) to form their respective “Trike Task Force” to ban tricycles from plying national highways and major thoroughfares.
Año also urged the LGUs to draw up tricycle route plans in their areas.
He warned LGUs that “non-compliance to the latest directive will warrant the issuance of a show-cause order ,and failure to provide a sufficient response shall be a ground for the filing of appropriate administrative cases pursuant to Section 60 of the Local Government Code and other laws and policies.’’
“It is the responsibility of local chief executives to exact accountability and impose the corresponding sanctions against non-supportive or non-compliant local officials and employees,” he said.
He also said that compliance with the trike ban order will form part of the validation and assessment of the compliance of LGUs to the continued implementation of the presidential directive on road clearing.
On top of Republic Act 4136, the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, Año said
prior DILG directives – DILG Memorandum Circulars 2007-11, 2011-68 and 2020-004 –have already been issued prohibiting the presence of tricycles and pedicabs on national roads and prescribing the operating conditions and franchising of tricycles.
As part of the road clearing operations being led by the DILG, Año has ordered local chief executives to strictly implement the ban on tricycles, pedicabs, and motorized pedicabs on national highways.
“Matagal na nating ipinagbabawal ang mga tricycles at pedicabs sa national highway ngunit ang daming pasaway. Hindi lang ito nakakasagabal sa daan kundi nagiging sanhi ng sakuna sa kalye. Kaya dapat nang maging mahigpit ang mga mayor at ang pulis at siguruhing maipapatupad ang ban na ito (Tricycles and pedicabs are banned on highways for a very long time but errant individuals continue to disobey this regulation. These are not merely road nuisances but they cause traffic mishaps. That is why the mayors and the police force should ensure that the ban is strictly enforced),” said Año.
Año also emphasized that “tricycles are also not allowed to even cross or make a U-turn on national highways.’’
“Local governments must review and modify tricycle routes according to the ban and are encouraged to include in their plans the construction of local roads or overpasses where the tricycles can operate,” he added.
Through DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-036, Año also said that each city and municipality should create a tricycle task force separate from the tricycle regulatory boards to formulate or review its tricycle route plan.
The task force will be composed of the mayor as chairman, the chief of police as vice-chairman, and the Sanggunian’s committee chair on transportation or public safety, the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, the head of the tricycle regulatory board, the head of the Department of Public Order and Safety, the planning and development officer, the head of the traffic management office, and the local government operations officer as members.
Representatives of the transportation department and its attached agencies will function as resource persons of the task force, while the head of the city or municipal legal office shall provide secretariat support to it.
Año said the task force is tasked to meet with stakeholders and rationalize all tricycle routes to enforce the ban, identify national roads within the jurisdiction of the LGU, and determine the present and proposed routes in view of drafting a tricycle route plan (TRP) within 30 days from the issuance of the memorandum.
The plan should include a schematic map of the location of tricycle terminals, the national highways of the LGU and the portions thereof to be used by tricycles if there is no alternative route.
It must also detail the installation of appropriate signages, marks for lanes and other safety features to guide all vehicles; create awareness among residents and motorists of new tricycle routes or portions of highways allowed to tricycles because of lack of alternative route; a color scheme or emblem for tricycles that ply a route traversing a national highway; and penalties for violators.
Task forces of adjacent LGUs must coordinate and come up with a combined TRP.
Each TRP is valid from two years after the issuance of the memorandum.
The MC also orders the Philippine National Police to help local leaders enforce the ban.