A total of 20 electric tricycles are set to be deployed when classes start in June for additional transportation for the town’s residents particularly students, said an official.
According to Danilo Reyes, the municipal government’s transportation consultant, the measure is intended to address Panglao’s longstanding problem on lack of transport means.
Reyes pointed out that “colorum” or unregistered multicabs are currently being used as primary school service vehicles in the town.
This prompted students’ parents to raise concerns over the use of the said unregistered vehicles considering that unlicensed operators are not covered by accident insurance policies.
However, Reyes admitted that the local government unit has no other choice but to allow students to ride colorum school service vehicles due to lack of other transportation means.
The launch of the e-trike in June will push authorities to shut down operations of unregistered multicabs, Reyes said.
E-trikes may also be used by regular passengers but operators have been told to prioritize students, he added. (A. Doydora)