Tricycle drivers’ groups back zero colorum plan

BALON DAGUPAN NEWS

DRIVERS of tricycles with franchises and decal stickers fully support the city’s Oplan Colorum, an intensified campaign against colorum tricycles plying the city’s main thoroughfares.

The support was given by the officers and members of the Federation of Accredited Tricycle Operators Association in Dagupan City (FATODAG) and the City Federation of Tricycle Drivers and Operators (CITYFED) who met with Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) Chief Carlito Ocampo on September 1.

Manuel Lingwayon, a FATODAG member, said their incomes not only increased by 50 percent but traffic congestion was also reduced by 20 percent when the streets were cleared of colorum tricycles.

He added they have long been asking the city to clear all the streets of colorum tricycles to be fair to owners of tricycles who were paid and were issued their franchises and decal stickers.

“Kung dati umaabot lang kami sa P200 na kita, ngayon po ay umaabot na kami from P300 to P350 na kita bawat araw,” said Lingwayon.

Jesus Buenavides, CITYFED president, said most of the colorum tricycle drivers are abusive and also overcharge passengers, more than the regular fare rates being implemented in the city.

“Kaya tuloy, pati kami nadadamay sa kanilang kalokohan,” said Buenavides.

Since August 22, some 130 colorum tricycles have been impounded by the POSO.

“Ito ay magpapatuloy ma-pa umaga o gabi para maprotektahan natin ang mga tricycle drivers na tumutupad sa batas at upang masiguro na rin maging ang kaligtasan ng mga pasahero,” Ocampo said.

Ocampo encouraged legitimate tricycle drivers to report colorum tricycles operating in the city and abusive ‘kotong’ traffic enforcers. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

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