BTAO chief, Lieutenant Colonel LuisitoAcebuche, said a total of 121 motor tricycles and electric tricycles have beenapprehended by traffic enforcers since Monday. BACOLOD City – The city government here has formed a task force toplan the implementation of a nationwide directive banning tricycles fromnational roads. This move came after Mayor EvelioLeonardia issued Executive Order 10 that mandates the creation of a task force,separate and distinct from the tricycle board or unit of the city, if alreadyorganized. At present, three areas in Bacolod areactually covered by an ordinance allowing tricycles plying their routes totraverse national highways. The body will conduct meetings, publicconsultations and hearings with stakeholders, and surveys/ocular inspectionsthat will focus on rationalizing the authorized routes, identification ofnational roads, and determination of the portions of the national highwaypresently used or proposed to be traversed by tricycles, if alternative routesare not available. “Our ordinances should jibe with theDILG Memorandum Circular 2020-036,” he said. The TRP will be the basis of asubsequent ordinance or its amendment in case one has already beenpassed. (With a report from PNA/PN) The Bacolod City Tricycle Task Force ischaired by Leonardia himself with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran asco-chairperson and Colonel Henry Biñas, city police director, asvice-chairperson. “We are conducting intensive operations.It is better now with the DILG order, the local government can work togetherwith other agencies such as the Philippine National Police Highway PatrolGroup,” he added. Secretary to the Mayor Edward JosephCuansing said the body will come up with a tricycle route plan to determine ifthere is a need to amend related ordinances. “Tricycles with valid franchise orpermit cannot be apprehended until such time the ordinances are amended.However, units that have no franchise will be seized by police officers orpersonnel of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO),” Cuansing said. Under the DILG directive, localgovernment units are ordered to strictly implement the ban on tricycles,pedicabs and motorized pedicabs on national highways and to create a tricycletask force that will draw up a tricycle route plan in their respective areas. As directed by the DILG, it will draftor update the tricycle route plan (TRP) within 30 days after issuance of theorder, which is Feb. 24, 2020. Most tricycles usually traverse thecity’s two major national highways – Lacson and Araneta streets.