Remember when Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that tricycles are now allowed to ply national highways? Well, Malacanan Palace has retracted its original statement of allowing tricycles to travel on said roads.

In a new statement, Roque clarified that motorcycles with sidecars are still not allowed to travel along national roads. “Regarding the issue on tricycles/those similarly situated, Interior Secretary, Eduardo Año, clarified that although apprehension from the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is temporarily suspended, such are still prohibited from traversing the national highways. Hope this settles the matter,” said Roque.

Whoops! Tricycles are still banned national highways, says Malacanan image

The DILG also wishes to clarify that all tricycles and motorcycles with sidecars are barred from traveling on national highways. This applies to all areas placed under GCQ and MGCQ.

“Nililinaw po ng DILG na bawal pa rin ang tricycles at pedicabs sa national highways kahit pa nasa GCQ o MGCQ level na ang ilang lokalidad. Bago pa man magsimula ang pandemya ng COVID-19 corona ay ipinagbabawal na ito ng batas para na rin sa kaligtasan ng publiko,” said Año.

[The DILG is clarifying that tricycles and pedicabs are still prohibited at national highways even though some locales are already at GCQ or MGCQ level. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was banned for public safety as well]

Government shifts to reverse on tricycle on national highways issue image

The DILG Secretary added that only the Road Clearing Operation 2.0 was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prohibition of tricycles plying along national roads is still in effect. On top of Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, prior DILG directives – DILG Memorandum Circulars (MCs) 2020-036, 2020-004, 2011-68, and 2007-11 – have already been issued prohibiting the operation of tricycles and pedicabs on national roads and prescribing the operating conditions and franchising of tricycles.

“Pinapayagan lamang po ang operasyon ng tricycles sa secondary roads at ipinag-uutos na ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang one-passenger, no-back ride policies sa lahat ng GCQ at MGCQ areas,” added Año.

[Tricycles are only permitted on secondary roads and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has mandate one-passenger, no-back ride policies in all GCQ and MGCQ areas]