(Metro News) Bautista bans colorum trikes in QC

September 4, 2010 10:49 am 

MANILA, Sept. 3 – Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered Friday a crackdown against colorum passenger tricycle units on all roads in the city to decongest the busy local transport corridors.

In a directive, Bautista told the QC Police District and the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) to “put pressure on their operators,” indicating that the city government is serious in its effort to organize the city’s traffic flow.

DPOS chief Elmo San Diego estimated that there were about 5,000 colorum tricycle units plying QC streets and roads.

As this developed, the Mayor asked Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte to furnish QC law enforcers with copies of ordinances which have penal provisions necessary for the city government to carry out the apprehension of the illegally-operating units.

Quezon City has a moratorium in the issuance of tricycle franchise by virtue of an ordinance signed on Feb. 8, 2005. The measure, still in effect, is aimed at regulating tricycle operation in the city.

Aside from colorum tricycles, Bautista’s directive also covers the dismantling of illegal tricycle and jeepney terminals and other structures obstructing traffic flow, including vendors.

“We need to recover our sidewalks. We do not want anarchy to rule our streets,” Bautista said.

The mayor, during a meeting with members of the peace and order council, also enlisted the city’s 142 barangays in the task of maintaining road discipline among tricycle operators and drivers. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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