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Trikes, pedicabs on highways OK if supported with local ordinance - DILG
By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, October 6, 2020
DILG clarified that tricycles, pedicabs, and motorized pedicabs can operate on national highways as long as there is a local ordinance supporting it. (Tonee Despojo)

As long as there is a local ordinance, tricycles, pedicabs, and motorized pedicabs can ply on national highways in Cebu Province.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Joaden Lucero clarified this adding that local government units (LGU) must pass an ordinance allowing their operations together with a tricycle route plan (TRP) and a schematic map.

Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 Chief Transportation Officer Joel Maloloy-on also assured they will not apprehend tricycles, pedicabs, and motorized pedicabs if there is an ordinance passed by the LGU concerned.

However, they will apprehend those that will go beyond their respective LGU’s jurisdiction.

Lucero appeared before the Provincial Board (PB) during its session Monday, October 5 following the invitation of 5th District Board Member Red Duterte, chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Public Services, to clear the “confusion” in the implementation of DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-036.

DILG MC No. 2020-036 prohibits tricycles, pedicabs, and motorized pedicabs from operating on national highways to ensure the safety of the riding public. 

Duterte shared that in Barili town, tricycles, pedicabs and motorized pedicabs are allowed to ply on the national highway, while these are prohibited in Toledo City pursuant to the DILG Memorandum. 

“Gi-point out man gud ni 3rd District Board Member Atty. John Ismael “Jimbo” Borgonia last week what happened in his district. I think common ni sa ubang distrito pud nga ang mga implementing agency maglibog kay naa gihapoy madakpan intawn nga tricycle nag-ply sa national highway bisan ang portion kuno is pwede sa ordinansa,” he stressed.

Lucero said the PB and LGUs’ Sangguniang Bayan (SB) are given the power to regulate the operation of their towns’ tricycles and pedicabs. However, this is still subject to the guidelines of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Based on the DOTr guidelines, as a general rule, no tricycles should operate on national highways for safety reason, but with an exception. If there is no alternative route, tricycles are allowed to operate provided their operation is backed by an ordinance, TRP, and schematic map. 

Lucero said the period of validity of the TRP shall be valid only for two years from the issuance of the DILG Memorandum. After two years, an assessment will be made. 

Meanwhile, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 Director Eduardo Montealto, Jr. said traditional jeepneys and multicabs are allowed to ply in the Province of Cebu subject to public health protocols.

These vehicles must also pass the road worthiness test conducted by the LTO.

“They should have the certificate of road worthiness, apil na niana ang emission. Maoy kadaghanan nga nabagsak ang uban tungod anang road worthiness. Kay first ang safety, kinahanglan dili lang sa health protocols. It’s the safety also from the condition of their vehicles,” he said. (Mylen Manto)