The City Government of Mati in cooperation with the Land Transportation Office conducted a Road Safety Advocacy Forum at the Pelaez Activity Center Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

The activity was attended by City Administrator Atty. Al Aquino, Traffic Management Center head Nap Aguinaldo, LTO Mati officer Joel Mandaya and several tricycle drivers.

Atty. Aquino said that Mati City Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat explicitly ordered him to make sure that traffic situation in the city would be manageable at all times especially so that Mati is fast becoming the new tourism destination in the region.

Mandaya told the tricycle drivers to strictly adhere to the traffic rules and regulations and ensure that they are presentable at all times. The city officials reminded the drivers to always wear decent clothes and shoes.

The LTO official also reminded the drivers of the fines and penalties that would be imposed if ever they are caught in violation of the traffic rules and regulations – P5,000 for no side mirror; P12,000 for no registration; P2,500 for no helmet (motorcycles); P3,000 for no license; P5,000 for not wearing shoes (for tricycle drivers), among others.

In the open forum that followed, drivers informed the city officials of their problem with tricycle drivers from nearby town of Tarragona dropping passengers in Mati City when their franchise is only within Tarragona.

Mandaya said that they will take up the matter with Mayor Rabat as soon as possible. The LTO official also urged the various drivers’ associations in Mati and Tarragona to meet up with Mayor Rabat to discuss the matter and find immediate solution to the problem.

Tricycle is the main mode of transportation in Mati City with about 2,300 registered units. (CIO MATI)

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