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Trishaws will add to congestion in city: DAP
Published on: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah DAP said the local authorities should make a detailed study before implementing something foreign and new in people's lives.

Referring to the decision of Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) to allow trishaws in the city, its Sabah Secretary Dr Edwin Bosi, said it would add to the congestion.

"We were made to understand that 20 trishaws have been brought into Sabah and a private company given the monopoly business.

We learned that it has the endorsement of City Hall, Sabah Tourism Board (STB) and Tourism Malaysia."

Bosi said after watching these trishaws on the road in the city, it was clear that DBKK failed to see many flaws, including accidents that are waiting to happen.

"If this is a tourism product, it should be properly managed in terms of time and designated route. Right now it looks like City Hall has introduced another mode of transportation within the city. The trishaws are charging a RM20 fee for a trip from Hyatt Hotel to Centre Point and back.

"There is no display of the fee and designated areas and this is where the trishaw operators can charge as they like. City Hall should be prepared to receive complaints from tourists about being ripped off by the trishaw operators.

"The income of city taxi operators will surely be affected by these trishaws and again, City Hall must be prepared to deal with them," he said.

DAP Sabah also felt that with the already congested roads, the presence of trishaws will further aggravate traffic flow.

"Their slow movement will hold up other vehicles and they will be a nuisance especially at the traffic lights. Besides that they do not have safety precautions. They do not have brake lights, signal lights and road tax.

We believe they do not have trishaw insurance."

Sabah DAP felt the Mayor was ill advised on the matter.

"He has just made traffic flows and jams worse.

He should first construct proper pedestrian walkways linking every part of the city.

"It is such a shame that he did not see the beauty of Kota Kinabalu especially during sunset.

The Mayor should encourage the city inhabitants to walk and enjoy the charm of the city while benefiting from the exercise walking provides."

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