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Ano ba talaga? Palace flip-flops on trike ban along national roads

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang backtracked on its earlier statement saying that sidecars are now allowed on national highways.

In a statement released on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that tricycles are still prohibited from plying main thoroughfares.

“Regarding the issue on tricycles/those similarly situated, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano clarifies that although apprehension from the Highway Patrol Group is temporarily suspended, such are still prohibited from traversing the national highways,” added Roque.

In a virtual presser last Monday, Año suggested that motorcycle owners should just install a sidecar to allow another passenger to ride as backrides remain banned despite the easing of community quarantine restrictions across the country.

To recall, the Department of the Interior and Local Government ordered local chief executives in February to strictly enforce the ban on tricycles and pedicabs on major roads as part of the government’s road clearing operations.

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