Will our national highways be rid of pedicabs and tricycles? Should the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) get their way, it might soon be a reality. The DILG has told city and municipal mayors to ban pedicabs and tricycles along national highways nationwide.

“For safety reasons, no tricycle or pedicab should operate on national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour,” DILG officer-in-charge, Secretary Eduardo M. Año said in a news release Tuesday. Año adds, “allowing them on main thoroughfares poses hazards to other motor vehicles, the riding public, and even to the drivers themselves.”

Año said that pedicabs and tricycles can only traverse national highways if there are no alternate routes found. However, they may only do so if allowed by either the city council (Sangguniang Panlungsod ) or municipal council (Sangguniang Bayan ). Under the Local Government Code, mayors, through their local councils, are authorized to regulate the operation tricycles within their area. They must also follow the guidelines set forth by the Department of Transport (DOTr).

The call to ban these vehicles on national highways has actually been around since 2007. It is listed under Memorandum Circular 2007-01, which also includes the prohibition of overloading said pedicabs and tricycles. The DILG reports that there are still rampant cases of unregulated tricycles and pedicabs on major roads, hence the reiteration of the said ban.