Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:11
The Assistant City Administrator’s Office has urged drivers and operators to follow the city ordinance on pedicabs.
Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said that the driver must not be minor and the pedicab must have the necessary license to include the plate and they should not operate in highways and main thoughfair.
Sometimes, these pedicabs operates in Prohibited Zones such as highways which causes traffic jam.
City Ordinance 92-012, regulating the operation of pedicab in the city of Zamboanga and providing penalty for violations thereof, prohibits pedicab from operating in national roads and main roads.
The pedicabs are only allowed in designated areas in certain barangays.
There are some 600 pedicabs in this city located in several barangays such as Sta Maria, Sta Barbara, Rio Hondo, Sta Catalina, Recodo, Tumaga, and others.
According to Apolinario, they become a little lenient to allow these pedicabs especially during time of school to ferry these school children. He also sent notices to these pedicabs and coordinated with the barangays.
He said that the City Administrators Office has a team back up by the police together with the barangay to check on this matter especially in the 7 kilometer area and remote barangays.
Pedicab drivers who are caught operating in national roads and main roads their pedicabs will be towed and impounded at the City Hall Community Police Action Center.
By R.G. A A. Go
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