Public hearing on proposed tricycle 
number coding ordinance set

BY FELIPE V. CELINO

ROXAS City – The City Council’s Committee on Transportation and Communication will conduct a public hearing on October 12 about the proposed ordinance on tricycle number coding system.

This was after the city government implemented the system dry run recently.

Councilor Powell del Rosario, chair of the Committee, urged the public to participate in the hearing in the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center at 8:30 a.m.

The system dry run ended on September 15 with positive responses from the public.

According to Mariano Layno, Tricycle Franchising and Regulatory Unit (TFRU) chief, many tricycle operators and drivers were amenable to the scheme.

Positive responses from the public, Layno said, will qualify the system to become an ordinance. Making it an ordinance will require penalties for violators.

Earlier, tricycle operators and councilors from San Jose, Antique came here to study the dry run, according to Councilor Emmanuel Billones Jr.

Mayor Angel Alan Celino issued Executive Order (EO) No. 01, s. 2010 for the dry run of the number coding system on July 12.

Under the EO, passenger tricycles are not allowed to operate from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on particular days based on the last digit of their designated unit numbers.

Tricycles with unit numbers ending in 1 and 2 cannot operate on Monday; 3 and 4 on Tuesday; 5 and 6 on Wednesday; 7 and 8 on Thursday; and 9 and 0 on Friday.

But they are all allowed to operate on Saturdays and Sundays.

The EO also states that the TFRU shall implement and supervise the dry run.

The Philippine National Police and the Land Transportation Office were requested to assist as regards traffic rules and regulations.

This city has about 3,500 passenger tricycles with franchise numbers, aside from the “colorum” of about 1,500./PN