In most cities and in all villages in the Philippines, tricycles are ubiquitous. They are used to carry people and merchandise from point A to point B. The function of the tricycle appears to be laudable until you realize that many tricycle drivers (not all) engage in criminality of all sorts. There have been numerous passengers who fell victims to the murderous hands of these three-wheeled vehicle drivers. In April 2011, it was reported that a young girl, age 15, boarded a tricycle en route to her home from school. Just a few meters away from the girl’s home, the tricycle driver took another road leading to a banana field where he beat her and then raped the student repeatedly. As if this ominous act were not enough, he strangled her. The day after, the farmer of that land discovered the girl lying in a pool of blood. Very sad, isn’t it? Nonetheless, the tricycle driver, inadvently, left a piece of his personal belongings on the scene, which allowed the police to track him down. He should have been given the death penalty, but there is no death sentence in the Philippines. Good for the criminals who can kill others mercilessly knowing that the law will allow them to live and bad for law-abiding citizens! And what a dire dichotomy, to say the least! Because of space constraint I cannot list all of the murders committed by tricycle drivers all over the Philippines.
Many tricycles in the Philippines have been involved in many crimes, and if only they could talk! Not only some Tricycle drivers use their “trikes” to commit heinous crimes, but also they are paid by gangsters and criminals syndicates to serve as surveillance while these murderers engage in criminal activity. It’s quite difficult to pinpoint who among these tricyle drivers are clean and legally responsible. I think that this is one the main reasons why so many innocent passengers have lost their lives, using this mode of transportation, the tricycle.
In the Philippines, tricycles are a necessity for many folks: They carry produce from the farm to the market, people from their homes to the market and vice versa. They transport children to and from schools. They serve as ambulance in many localities to carry the sick to the clinics or hospitals. And those who don’t have a car use them as their family vehicles or private tricyles.
The law doesn’t allow them to drive on the highways in the Philippines, but this doesn’t keep them from doing so. Compared to motorkibes, tricycles are slow moving vehicles; therefore, when the tricycle drivers take to the highway, they not only slow down the traffic considerably, but more importantly they create a potential hazard to public safety. Moreover, they don’t respect any traffic rules and regulations of the local roads, let alone those of the highways. While a taxi cab is limited to 5 passengers including the driver, a tricycle can carry 9 people! How is that for logic? Additionally, trike drivers are the most careless drivers you can find anywhere. Although some people complain about this, but their complaints have fallen in deaf ear, unfortunately.
You wonder why some tricycle drivers who engage in crimes, drive carelessly, and disobey traffic regulations, are left alone by the police and traffic officers. You wonder why the police or the traffic officers don’t penalize those over-loaded tricycles while they do summon taxi drivers who carry more than 5 people in their taxi cab. And what double standard is that! I think that the police or the traffic officers should be responsible to see to it that tricycle drivers follow traffic regulations just like other modes of transportation and that they be searched from now and then for lillegal weapons and drugs. I think that this system is placed on auto-pilot until a new order of things comes up.
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