Davao City to require cyclists to pay P25 registration fee
Subscribe Now June 28, 2021 at 08:21pm
Atty. Mark Peñalver, executive director of Interface Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS), said that Councilor Mabel Acosta, who chairs the Committee on Peace and Public Safety, has completed the draft of the proposed ordinance.
He said that the imposition of minimal registration fee was agreed during committee hearings.
He added that it has been transmitted to office of 3rd District Councilor Conrado Baluran for review and harmonization with the Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Code.
In June 2020, Mayor Sara Duterte ordered the temporary suspension of bicycle registration and collection of fees due to the conflicting provisions in the existing Bicycle Ordinance and the Traffic Code of this city.
One of the conflicting provisions between the local laws included the registration fee because Traffic Code requires bicycle owners to pay an annual fee of P150 while under the ordinance it is only P20 a year.
The requirements in the Traffic Code that have been suspended are the license required, registration, and attachment of license plate; and under the Bicycle Ordinance, the registration.
Peñalver said that his group is happy seeing development on the bicycle infrastructures after lobbying for their construction to the city government to provide safe spaces for bikers and pedestrians.
He said the existing bike lanes are “good start” but he hoped the city would “maintains this momentum in order to develop more streets and roads with bicycle lanes.”
“We are happy with how the bicycle infrastructures are going in the city. It represents the lobbying done by the cycling community in Davao and other partners. We’re glad that the city is responding to the calls of the cycling community,” he said.
But Penalver said the local government should also invest in providing more open and green spaces to serve as “resting or cooling” areas and to improve the urban climate, which will benefit not only the bikers but also the daily commuters.
Last Friday, Dionisio Abude, head of the City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), said a total of 156 motorists for obstructing the bicycle lanes in downtown area have been apprehended as of June 19.
Abude said violators lso included motorists who illegally parked along the designated bicycle lanes.
Each violator was fined P500, according to him.
He said local government would increase the fine to P1,500 once the City Council of Davao approves the proposed revisions in the Bicycle Ordinance.
He said the bicycle ordinance will also provide specific guidelines for bicycle lanes.
Abude warned motorists to respect the bicycle lanes, saying his office has created a 10-man enforcement team to monitor the correct use of bike lanes.
He said the local government has collaborated with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Davao to start laying the groundwork for the installation of designated bicycle lanes along Carlos P. Garcia Highway (Diversion Road), Davao-Bukidnon Highway, Matina Aplaya to Ecoland Drive, C. Bangoy St., Ecowest Drive, and Tulip Drive.
“We do not only apprehend because we want to, but we would like also to educate our motorists. We do not allow them to park or obstruct bike lanes except for loading and unloading of passengers),” he said.
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