August 06, 2006

87 LC tricycles face franchise revocation

At least 87 tricycle units in Laoag City face revocation of their franchises after their non-compliance for a physical inventory ordered by the city government.

The franchise revocation would be done through a resolution at the Sangguniang Panlungsod, which was on its second reading.

According to Councilor Primo Jay S. Ramos, transportation committee chair, said the recommendation to revoke the said franchises had been based on the tricycle code in the city and was approved by all members of the council’s transportation committee.

However, Ramos clarified that the committee would still hear the explanation of franchise owners on why they were unable to present their units for the required yearly inventory.

Earlier, city officials conducted a consultation-dialogue with tricycle franchise owners with numbers ending from 1 to 5.

Ramos also explained that the resolution to revoke the tricycle franchises would determine who among the franchisees sold their franchises, a violation under the city’s tricycle code.

The said committee learned that some franchise owners had sold their franchises with prices pegged at a minimum of P100,000.

The council is also set to determine which among the franchises are still operational.

The 87 uninventoried franchises had been based on records from the City Treasury Office. The treasury office however is still monitoring these franchises in case the owners would act on the matter.

As a result of this, Ramos advised franchise owners with numbers ending from 1 to 3 to verify if their franchise had been recommended for revocation for their inability to present their units for physical inventory.

The councilor said if there would be no clarification on these franchises before the third reading of the resolution, the council would be forced to revoke these tricycle franchises.

Ramos also divulged that presently there are at least 20 applicants waiting for tricycle franchises and a raffle would be conducted to determine who among them would be given franchises if the revoked franchises would be less than the number of applicants.

A tricycle franchise who failed to present the unit for physical inventory for the assigned month would be penalized with a P1,000 fine.

The Ilocos Times also learned that the treasurer’s office had earlier sent letters to the franchise owners for physical inventory but they did not receive any reply.

Meanwhile, Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas said he favors the revocation of the said tricycle franchises provided they violated the tricycle code.

Fariñas stressed that the tricycle code should be strictly implemented.

Under the said code, the transfer of franchise shall only be allowed if it to within the second degree of consanguinity. Reports reaching the mayor however pointed to the sale of franchise to others who are not even relatives of franchise owners.

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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