Tricycle, pedicab drivers plead permanent access to main avenue
TRAFFIC EXPERIMENT IN MANGALDAN
THE members of two associations (tricycle and pedicab owners and drivers) in Mangaldan town gathered at the town’s municipal hall early Monday, July 18, to plead with town officials to permanently restore their access to the town’s Rizal Avenue.
This, after Mayor Bonafe de Vera-Paraynon temporarily opened the street to them as part of a traffic experiment.
Parayno issued Executive Order No.001 series of 2022 on July 1, which provides traffic regulation of TODA (tricycles) and PODA (pedicabs) in town that allows tricycles and pedicabs to access Rizal Avenue, a national highway, anytime, except from 7 to 9 AM, and 4 to 6 PM.
The total prohibition was in compliance with the DILG Memorandum Circular No.2020-036, that prohibits tricycles, pedicabs, and motorized pedicabs from operating on national highways.
The town’s Sangguniang Bayan is considering adopting said executive order as a council resolution but the councilors concede that its eventual passage poses legal complications and will therefore take longer to act on it.
The tricycle and pedicab drivers were elated by the traffic experimental because it provided them some relief, particularly, more opportunities to earn.
Mang Larry, a pedicab driver, said he could not have been happier, as he could now bring home more money for his family.
Motorists, however, expressed disappointment because the tricycles and pedicabs have no regard for traffic rules and obstruct the flow of traffic.
“Sa halip na mabilis ang biyahe mo, lalo pang babagal kasi kinakain nila yung daan kung minsan,” said Charles, a motorist. (Ahikam Pasion)
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