Jeepney drivers and operators slam its City Ordinance Monitoring and Enforcement Team (COMET) on the negligence to implement an ordinance regulating the operation of trimobile units for hire along national roads within Naga City.
Driver Aldrick Punzalan said during the recent meeting in the City Hall that it is difficult for the jeepney drivers and operators to religiously comply with their obligations because their revenues are being tremendously depleted due to the illegal operation of the trimobiles on national highways, according to Bicol Standard.
Through Task Force COMET, Mayor John Bongat ordered the strict implementation of ordinances which have not been strictly enforced.
Punzalan questioned the purpose of an ordinance, a national law, Task Force COMET, and road signs when these are not being implemented.
The ordinance mandates trimobile units operating under the Regular Franchise are also allowed to operate along National Roads inside the Central Business District (CBD-1) and other areas within the City’s territorial jurisdiction except in the national road from Peñafrancia Cemetery towards Barangay San Felipe and the upper Barangays; in the national road from the junction of Magsaysay Avenue– Roxas and Panganiban Drive towards Barangay Del Rosario; and along Roxas Avenue National Road from corner of Basilica Road-Dayangdang Street and Magsaysay Avenue towards Roxas.
Stated also in the ordinance, “The foregoing prohibitions shall not apply to trimobile units with valid Regular Franchise under the following circumstances, to wit: On special trips provided no passenger is on board on the way back from point of destination. On emergency cases to and from point of destination. Within the period from 9:00 o’clock in the evening to 5:00 o’clock in the morning. When crossing thru the following areas, to wit: – along the Roxas Avenue from CBD II Primo Outpost to ALDP Compound and vice versa.”
Meanwhile, the City continuously promotes franchising of e-trikes despite its experimental stage.
According to Punzalan, the continuing approval of the franchise of these e-trikes are probably one of the main reasons why there is traffic congestion in Naga City. “With the unpredictable rise of the prices of gasoline, along with the aforementioned factors, it has become increasingly difficult for jeepney drivers and operators to comply with their responsibilities,” said. (BaretangBikolnon.com)