Mas matipid kaya: Belmonte defends use of tricycles as school shuttles

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Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is questioning the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to ban the use of tricycles as school shuttles.

“LTFRB should have consulted the local government units first before implementing the ban since, in Quezon City, for example, this is already covered by a local ordinance designed to address a localized issue,” Belmonte said.

The lady politiko pointed out that tricycle fares are cheaper and the three-wheeled vehicles are more practical to use than school buses.

“I understand that LTFRB wants to ban tricycle school service. But that is not the issue. The issue here is the overloading and colorum,” she said.

“Tricycle [regulation] is under the local government unit. And then, the fare is much lower. In the first place, a school bus cannot pass through a small alley,” she added.

In 2014, the city council passed Ordinance No. SP-2337-2014 or “The Quezon City Tricycle Management Code of 2014” that comprehensively addresses the aspects of tricycle operations, regulations, and social protection for the local tricycle sector.