Not only in Jakarta are NMVs being pushed out! From the Manila Times 1 March
2000 Internet Edition:
Atienza orders ban on pedicabs in Manila�s main thoroughfares
Manila Mayor Lito Atienza announced that starting today, city hall and
police authorities will strictly enforce an ordinance banning pedi-cabs,
both motorized and manually operated, from entering major thoroughfares in
According to Atienza, the move is meant to ease the flow of traffic along
the streets of Manila.
Among those declared as off-limits to pedicabs are the following:
First District�C.M. Recto Avenue, R-10 Road, Capulong St., H. Lopez Blvd.,
Tayuman St., Juan Luna St., Ilaya St. and Nicolas Zamora St.; Second
District �C.M. Recto Ave., Jose Abad Santos Ave., Tayuman St., Solis St. and
Juan Luna St.; Third District � C.M. Recto Ave., Rizal Ave., Aurora Blvd.,
Dimasalang St., Tayuman St., A.H. Lacson St., Oroquietta St., Felix Huertas
St., Ma. Clara St., Laon Laan St., Soler St., Reina Regente, San Fernando
St., Juan Luna St., Quintin Paredes St., Escolta, Dasmari�as St., Ongpin
St., Tabora St., Ilaya St., G. Puyat St., R. Hidalgo St., Carriedo St.,
Quezon Blvd., Carlos Palanca St., Evangelista St., Gandara St., T. Alonzo
St., Buenavidez St., Masangkay St., Andalucia St., and P. Casal St.
Fourth District�Dimasalang St., A.H. Lacson St., C.M. Recto Ave., Laon Laan
St., Dapitan St., M. Dela Fuente St., V.G. Cruz St., Maceda St., J. Fajardo
St., S.H. Loyola St., T. Earnshaw, Nicanor Reyes St., Legarda St., Ma. Clara
St., Espa�a and G. Tuazon St.; Fifth District�Roxas Blvd., Taft Ave.,
Quirino Highway, M.H. del Pilar, Mabini St., Adriatico St., Ma. Orosa St.,
Leon Guinto St., San Marcelino St., Soriano St., Magallanes Drive, J. Bocobo
St., P. Burgos St., T.M. Kalaw St., U.N. Ave., Padre Faura St., Pedro Gil
St., San Andres St., P. Ocampo St., Ayala Blvd., Arroceros St., Concepcion
St., Romualdez St. and A. Francisco St.
Sixth District�Legarda St., R. Magsaysay Blvd., Mendiola St., J.P. Laurel
St., Concepcion Aguila St., Pres. Quirino Ave., Nagtahan, Paz M. Guanzon
St., Jesus St., Laura St., M. Carreon St., Old Sta. Mesa St., Valenzuela
St., V. Mapa St., P. Sanchez St., New Panaderos St., C. Palanca St., Gen.
Solano St., and Nicanor Padilla St.
He warned that those caught operating along major thoroughfares face a fine
of P500 and a towing fee of P1,000. The same fine and towing fee will also
be imposed against the owners or operators of pedicabs caught operating
without a valid permit issued by city hall. Said pedicabs shall be
impounded and will only be released after the owners have acquired the
necessary operating permit.
We cannot just stand back and allow chaos to rule the streets,� Atienza
Atienza also said that while the city government is itself promoting the
operation of pedicabs as a means of livelihood, this has to be strictly
Meanwhile the move of the Manila City Hall and police authorities to ban
pedicabs and tricycles from major thoroughfares of the city drew praises
from hundreds of thousands of motorists, drivers and commuters who are
oftentimes caught in traffic jams caused by these slow-moving transport
Lolita Marcial, a barangay official from Sta. Cruz and a secretary of a
businessman, said pedicab and tricycle drivers don�t observe traffic rules.
�They even enter one-way streets and counter the flow of traffic and if you
tell them they are wrong, they�ll even shout unprintable words at you,�
Manuel Aquino, Jr., an executive of a real estate firm, on the other hand,
said it is high time that authorities should implement a long-existing
ordinance designed to ease the flow of traffic.
�They should have done it long ago. But it is never too late,� Aquino said.
Lawyer Romeo Gonzales, who has to drive around Metro Manila to attend to his
clients, said he was caught a number of times in the middle of a traffic jam
caused by a slow-moving pedicab whose driver refused to give way to
The move of Mayor Atienza and police authorities to ban pedicabs and
tricycles from main streets would definitely ease the traffic flow, Gonzales
Drivers of pedicabs and tricycles, as expected, reacted sharply to Atienza�s
-- John Concepcion
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