TO provide regular livelihood opportunities for operators and drivers of colorum tricycles in Dagupan City, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has created 750 additional franchises, raising the number of tricycle franchises in the city to 3,250.
This was directed under the Revised Comprehensive Tricycle Franchise Ordinance of 2018 passed by the SP during its regular session on April 23. The amended ordinance was authored by Councilors Alvin Coquia, chair of the committee on transportation, and Jose Netu Tamayo, chair of the committee on laws and ordinances, in a bid to reduce unemployment.
Coquia said of the 750 new tricycle franchises, 300 are regular franchises while 450 are night franchises.
There are now 2,500 regular tricycle franchises in the city.
Tricycles with regular franchises can operate day and night while those issued night franchises can operate only from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily.
Limited to only one tricycle per operator, the franchises will be valid for three years from the date of issue.
To qualify for the new franchises, applicants must be permanent residents of Dagupan and must possess licenses from the Land Transportation Office, their motorcycles must have four-stroke engines, and have passed smoke emissions tests.
Holders of the 300 regular franchises are required to convert their motorcycles from gasoline-fed to diesel and their cabs must be painted yellow.
The holders of the 450 units granted nighttime franchises must paint their cabs neon green within one month from the issuance of the franchise.
With the expected operation of 450 tricycles at night, the SP authorized City Hall to hire additional Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) personnel to maintain order in the streets at night. (Leonardo Micua)
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