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Tricycle drivers urged to register in 1st provincial TODA congress
By Jose Mari M. Garcia
posted 1-Jun-2011  ·  

Colorum operators and drivers of trikes, your days are numbered.The Hagonoy town tricycle operators and drivers association (TODA) held the first TODA congress in the province recently that tackled the plight of members on proper vehicle registration.

Municipal attorney Imelda Panis said the congress attended by 169 TODA members was momentous for the aquatic resources-rich town because the issues of the said transport sector were discussed. The formation of the by-laws was also also.

The tricycle mode of transport is a major transit in barangays; in Hagonoy alone, 4, 761 tricycles were registered.

Hagonoy Mayor Angel Cruz Jr. challenged the tricycle drivers to legalize their vehicle units to help the town in its revenue collection for various areas of development.

“TODA must be owned by its members,” said Cruz, urging the drivers and operators to participate in TODA registration.

During the congress, Dupong Santos of the local government unit enumerated the problems encountered by both TODA and the municipality. He said errant operators and drivers cause their own problems when they do not submit their vehicles for proper legal documentation.

Santos explained that two operators sometimes own one body number of a tricycle unit; some drivers do not possess a license or do not belong to TODA; and several tricycle units own two or more parking permits.

He said these problems force law enforcers to apprehend drivers.

In light of the province’s call for a systematic mode of transport, Santos urged tricycle drivers and operators to follow the legal steps in registering their units.

The first step is to obtain membership documents from the TODA and then pay the membership fee prescribed.

The transit line of the tricycle unit could then be acquired at the Office of the Municipal Treasurer and the owner should register the unit at the Land Transportation Office to obtain a yellow plate number as evidence that it is a public utility vehicle. The body number could next be acquired from the TODA. (WLB/JMG PIA 3)

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