Mayor: not yet time to keep tricycles out of major roads

With the traffic problem seemingly being at the top of the discussions, the idea of keeping the tricycles out of the major city thoroughfares is not feasible as of the moment.

Radio reports quoted Mayor John Geesnell Yap saying keeping the tricycles out of the major roads in the city is not going to happen anytime soon.

Keeping out the tricycles from CPG Avenue and JA Clarin street may only cause inconvenience to the riding public, said the mayor.

While the traffic is a problem, it is not as horrible compared to other highly-urbanized cities such as those in Metro Manila or even in Cebu, the mayor added.

The idea of barring tricycles from plying the major road networks came about as part of the grand plan to iron out the traffic problem in the city.

In 2007, the Department of Interior and Local Government issued Circular 2007-01 banning tricycles and pedicabs to operate on “national highways” utilized by four-wheeled vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kph.

City Administrator Leonides “Edi” Borja said Tagbilaran has about 3,000 registered tricycles.

COLOR CODING

Last week, Borja hinted the plan for the city to implement drastic measures to tame the traffic problem.

Borja was interviewed by dyTR’s Open Forum last Wednesday and confirmed several measures are being eyed by the city to keep the traffic orderly.

Among the measures being eyed is the implementation of a color-coding scheme and the ban on tricycles on major city roads.

The city administrator cited the regulation banning the tricycles from major thoroughfares during the radio interview.

The measures are being considered if the current traffic experiment of the loop system fails in bringing better traffic flow in the city.

In the concept, tricycles will be color-coded and will be givencertain days to operate.

The city will help the drivers cope with the lost income when they are unable to ply.

The measure seeks to de-congest the traffic along CPG Avenue and JA Clarin street.

Authorities have seen the increased volume of vehicles as one of the key factors why traffic has become a problem in the city.

Borja said the city had signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Transportation for a study.

The output of the study will be used to enhance the management of the traffic in the city.

LOOP SYSTEM

The city implemented the traffic loom system to find out whether the idea can de-congest the central business district of the city.

The experiment will last until the third week of January, where the findings will be used to determine whether to institutionalize the measure and make the loop system permanent.

City traffic czar Tony Samante claimed success in the implementation of the loop system.

The scheme was implemented three days before 2017 ended, as a dry run and to gain data. So far, the traffic scheme has been welcomed and jeered by several sectors.

Samante said there is a need for the loop traffic scheme due to the worsening traffic conditions in Tagbilaran. There should be a pro-active approach to solving the looming traffic problem in the face of increasing number of vehicles traversingthe city. (DSA)

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