The Land Transportation Office central office is pressuring its Dumaguete chief, Roland Ramos, to enforce a national law and a memorandum circular of the Department of Interior and Local Government banning tricycles along the national highway.
Ramos said his proposal at the meeting of the traffic management council in September was to divide the city into five zones, with the commercial district as zone one, but it was held in abeyance.
He said he was told by the national office last week that the LTO central office is acting on the petition of two groups of utility vehicles for hire, the JODAI and BERODA not to allow the pedicabs to traverse the national highway.
While he respects the stand of the mayor, Ramos said he could not do anything, but to follow orders from his superiors in Manila.
It is possible that patrol officers from the LTO central office and from Region 7 will come to Dumaguete to conduct a joint operation against tricycles plying the national roads within the city, namely, Real and Perdices streets.
Ramos said he believes there is no clash between the stand of the mayor and in the enforcement of the national law, because when these tricycles were issued franchises, one condition is that they should not traverse the national highways.*JG
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