QC VICE MAYOR JOY BELMONTE, SUPPORTS THE COMMUTER RIGHTS GROUP IN ISSUE OF TRICYCLE SCHOOL SERVICE.

QC VICE MAYOR JOY BELMONTE, SUPPORTS THE COMMUTER RIGHTS GROUP IN ISSUE OF TRICYCLE SCHOOL SERVICE.

A commuter rights group expressed support for Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte's protest against the proposed ban on tricycles made by the school shuttle.

According to the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP), there is no law prohibiting students riding tricycle to send them to school.

"Let's not make a simple issue complicated. It is not acceptable for a student to go to school or go home through tricycle. There is no such law, "LCSP founder Ariel Inton said.

“The illegal,” he said “were overloading, colorum, and out-of-line tricycles.”

Belmonte initially opposed the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)'s proposal to prohibit tricycles from being used as school buses.

Belmonte emphasizes that tricycles are not bad long as they are not overloading, colorum, or out-of-line.

Like Belmonte's statement, it's still safe to ride a tricycle, more practical, and economical, according to Inton.

"The danger is that the overload of the passenger and the unmanned driving. Whether or not students are riding a tricycle and overloaded it, that is illegal, "said Inton, a former councilor in Quezon City and board member of LTFRB.

According to Inton, tricycles are being patronage by poor people who are not able to buy their own car or pay more expensive school service.

According to Belmonte, the LTFRB should first consult the local government before arresting some tricycles.

“LTFRB should have consulted the LGUs 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," said Belmonte.

Under Ordinance No. SP-2337-2014 or "Quezon City Tricycle Management Code of 2014", colorum, out-of-line, and overloading tricycles are strictly prohibited.Sa ilalim ng ordinansa, ang mga pampublikong tricycle ay maaari lang magsakay ng apat na pasahero, kabilang na ang driver.

Elsewhere where the route is far away, it is allowed up to five passengers: three inside and two behind the driver.

"I think what should we do here is to just intensify the enforcement of rules against overloading, colorum, and out-of-line tricycles, so I think it's ok for tricycle to become school service as long as they are not overloading, colorum or out-of-line, "Belmonte said.