Group pleads not to phase out motorized ‘trikes’ in Boracay

first_imgThis was after acting Malay mayorFrolibar Bautista issued Executive Order No. 40 on Nov. 11, directing theMunicipal Transportation Office to implement the phase out.     Tricycles are common mode oftransportations in Boracay Island and a source of livelihood but are heavilyreliant on fossil fuels, while e-trikes can carry up to nine passengers and aremore advantageous in terms of fuel savings.(Witha report from Akean Forum/PN) The group urged the municipalgovernment and the Sangguniang Bayan to reconsider implementing the total phaseout to avert the massive displacement and unemployment in the island.                 “The e-trike drivers don’t pick upregular passengers because of short range time, and they prefer contracted ratewhere the commuters and tourists are highly affected,” the group said. According to the group, someelectronic tricycle (e-trike) drivers could hardly meet the P1,500 dailyboundary and P350 charging fee.          A tricycle is seen in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. Recently, a group of tricycle drivers and operators appealed to the municipal government to stop the impending total phase out of tricycles in the island. PHOTO MALAY PNP Bautista, meanwhile, saidenvironment-friendly e-trikes not only help the environment, but also make thepublic transport safer and convenient while encouraging tricycle operators toreplace their gasoline-fuelled public utility tricycles before its completephase out on Dec. 31.    Instead of a shift to e-trikes, theyproposed redesigned tricycle units with elevated roof, proper luggagecompartment, reduced passenger capacity, and uniform island design.  KALIBO, Aklan – A group of tricycledrivers and operators appealed to stop the impending total phase out oftricycles in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.last_img

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