Although tricycles have long-been banned from national roads, the Department of Interior and Local Government seek stricter enforcement of these rules and regulations. This is being done with the goal of clearer and safer roads for the public.
Memorandum Circular 2020-036 issued on February 17 mandates local government units to create a tricycle route plan and a task force to address the problem. They are being given 30 days to create a route plan and those who do not comply with the memorandum will be issued a show-cause order.
“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,” Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said.
“Kaya dapat nang maging mahigpit ang mga mayor at ang pulis at siguruhing maipapatupad ang ban na ito.”
Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III warned that officials who violate the memorandum will have to face charges. Mayors of highly urbanized cities and provinces will be brought to the Office of the President for sanctions while municipal mayors will be brought to the Office of the Ombudsman.
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