As part of Batangas City’s environment protection program, the City Council discussed the Green Tricycle Ordinance among tricycle drivers, July 9.
Hon. Councilor Marvey Marino authored the Green tricycle Ordinance which is aimed at retrofitting tricycles so it could use cost effective and eco-friendly alternative fuels.
According to Marino, this ordinance is in line with the national government’s Clean Air Act or the REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8749. He also said that he created this to introduce clean fuel at the local level through the use of LPG or any alternative fuel in order to mitigate the global impact of climate change.
Marino emphasized that part of the Clean Air Act is to phase out two-stroke vehicles like tricycles. But stopping tricycle operation in the city would severely affect the lives of these drivers and their families.
In lieu with this, Green Tricycle Ordinance was created. City Tricycles will be retrofitted so it can use renewable energy like biofuels, compressed natural gas, LPG, electric or bio-ethanol.
Registered tricycles operating in the city are given a year to retrofit. This tricycle retrofitting should pass DTI’s Bureau of Standards, Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Transportation and Communication.
On the other hand, retrofitters and alternative fuels distributors must undergo accreditation from DTI, DOE and DENR. Suppliers must also submit Collision and Flame test result to ensure public safety.
Tricycle retrofitting costs P16,000 but drivers could save P40-60 pesos a day if they will be using those mentioned alternative fuels.
Tricycle owners and operators need not worry because the local government is encouraging micro finacing companies and NGOs to provide soft loans among drivers.
Source: PIO Batangas City[tags]NGO, Batangas City local government, tricycles, bio fuel, Green Tricycle Ordinance, retrofiitting, Batangas, WOWBatangas[/tags]