Dgte eyes temporary amnesty to illegal MCH franchises

DUMAGUETE CITY, April 26 (PIA) -- Dumaguete City has proposed an ordinance granting a one-time conditional amnesty to all operators of Motorcabs-for-Hire (MCH) using expired or illegally transferred franchises.

This is presented for deliberation in the city council as a means to correct the malpractice.

The Committee on Transportation and Traffic has gathered the MCH operators, drivers, Traffic Management Office, and the Philippine National Police to strengthen the proposed measure.

Councilor Karissa Tolentino said a mere moratorium for those operators/drivers operating under franchises, which are not granted in their names, will not solve the problem and would put those who have acquired these franchises under grave economic prejudice.

Councilors Dionie Amores and Edgar Lentorio Jr. noted that the intention of the amnesty is to stop the selling of franchises and for those holding more than five franchises to surrender the excess that can be given to other qualified drivers so that more families will be benefitted.

Representatives of MCH operators and drivers said they have victims of unremitted special power of attorney (SPA) fees that give them additional financial burden.

The proposed amnesty will ensure that all MCH units operating in Dumaguete City are duly registered, prohibit the use of SPAs, create more livelihood opportunities, and protect the riding public. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from CPIO)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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