The Dumaguete Traffic Management Office reiterated its commitment to penalize tricycle drivers who are overcharging, driving recklessly, are discourteous, and who refuse to convey passengers, among other offenses.
About 5,181 drivers have been apprehended and penalized for various violations of traffic laws, rules and regulations. However, some city councilors are studying the possibility of increasing the fines, and the penalties to include incarceration, particularly for repeat offenders.
Gilbert Ablong Sr. of the TMO said that for a complaint to prosper, it must be filed in person before the office, considering that if found liable of any allegation, it may result in the suspension or cancellation of the franchise. It has been noted that most of the offending drivers are "extras" who are not residents of Dumaguete City.
TMO is reminding the public that the basic minimum fare rate remains at P8 for the first kilometer; students are given a discount of P1, while the discount for PWDs and senior citizens shall be 20 percent, under Ordinance No. 29 series of 2015.
Any citizen may request assistance from TMO through telephones 225-1662 or 226-3866.
Ablong urged the public to assert their rights as the city government will continue to impose appropriate penalties against abusive and discourteous drivers, until discipline is imposed in the streets.*
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