Counterflowing on a one-way street

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I hate pedicabs although, maybe, I shouldn’t. Sam studies in a school where flashfloods are common and when the streets do get submerged in murky waters, the only way to manage the distance between the condo and the school is via pedicabs.

But pedicab drivers can be abusive. They charge outrageous prices when they know that commuters are desperate. Sam and her friends once paid P180 for a two-block ride.

Look at the pedicab driver in the photo — that’s a one-way street in Manila and what is he doing? Not only is he counterflowing, he isn’t even looking where’s he’s going. And the worst part? If he hits your vehicle, you can’t even make him pay for the damage.

Because pedicabs are non-motorized vehicles, registration and licensing are not required as far as I know, although some local governments regulate them. Ergo, no insurance. In fact, I don’t think pedicab drivers are required to have a valid driver’s license.

If there’s a collision involving a motorized vehicle and a pedicab and the pedicab passengers get injured, they are more likely to go after the owner of the other vehicle, irrespective of whose fault caused the mishap. Oh, you know, the mentality that if he’s rich enough to own a vehicle, then, there’s something to be squeezed out of him.

I wonder what the position is of the presidential and vice presidential candidates on the strict regulation of pedicabs and tricycles.