By Philippine News Agency
This city is in need of around 200-300 units of taxi, according to the Association of Taxi Operators of Panay (ATOP).
Engineer Perfecto Yap, ATOP’s President on Wednesday said that there are currently around 1,800-1,900 taxis in the city, but these are not enough to cater to all the passengers daily.
He said the Robinsons Place in Iloilo City proper and Atria Park and Plazuela in Mandurriao district as among the areas they have identified that suffers shortage in taxis.
Yap attributed the shortage of taxis to the ongoing developments in this city, as well as in neighboring towns in the province.
“There are more developments and more people are also coming in,” he said.
Yap said he already had initial talks with Mayor Jose Espinosa III to discuss the issue on shortage of taxis and other issues concerning traffic.
He hoped to be able to come up with a new transport plan before the end of this month.
“We already came up with a transport plan but it was last 2015, all we need to do is to update it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Richard Osmeña, regional director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 6 (Western Visayas) agreed with Yap about the shortage of taxis in this city.
He advised the operators to sit down with the concerned local government unit to discuss the issue so they will be able to determine the exact number of taxis needed.
Once identified, Osmeña expressed readiness to open and accept applications for willing individuals to operate in this city.