Robie de Guzman
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is eyeing to implement a ban on the use of electronic tricycles (e-tricycles) in the nation’s capital.
The Manila Public Information Office (PIO) announced Thursday that Mayor Isko will soon pull-out all e-tricycles in Manila.
The announcement was made after Domagoso attended a meeting with the Metro Manila Council at the headquarters of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
“This after MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said e-tricycles are classified as “toys” by the national government,” the Manila PIO said in a post on Facebook.
In a media interview, Mayor Isko explained that the operation of e-tricycles as public utility vehicles in Manila is illegal as these do not have franchises from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The mayor also said that jeepney drivers are complaining of loss of income due to the operation of e-tricycles.
“Sabi ni (MMDA) Chairman (Danilo) Lim eh baka pwede bigyan ng atensyon yung mga e-trikes kasi kung saan saan na walang mga ruta buti pa nga jeep may ruta… Ito wala nang nagreregulate,” he said.
(MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim raised his concern on the operation of e-trikes as these do not have legal routes and are not regulated, unlike public utility jeepneys.)
The e-tricycles program was among the sustainable livelihood projects implemented by former Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada to provide “poor tricycle and kuliglig drivers an ‘upgraded’ public transport vehicle.”
The project was part of the local government’s move to phase out tricycles, pedicabsand other improvised tractor-trikes and replace these with more eco-friendly electric tricycles.
During Estrada’s time, the city government distrusted e-trikes to Manila barangays under the “boundary-hulog” system which allows driver-beneficiaries to pay P150 daily for five years to own the unit. (with details from Joan Nano)