Tricycle Taxis are Hated in Philippines

Tricycle Taxis are Hated in Philippines
I finally understand a few reasons why Expats in the Philippine despise the Motorcycle Taxis that look like Tuk Tuks in the Philippines.

I travel the planet, it is normal to sit on a bus, train, plane from 10-30 hours; it is the cost I pay for being a traveler. I do not avoid it; this is the rights of passage to being a traveler. I just pay the price and try not to think or complain. And for sure I do not avoid paying this price.

Bauang or San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I pay the price, I cannot change a country, I must accept the transportation as it exists.

This tricycle taxi goes slow; it seldom goes over about 30 miles per hour. These vehicle couples up with Jeepneys have crippled the transportation in the Philippines. Top speed for land travel in the Philippines seems to be 30 mile per hour.

I truly do not care; I do not live here and kind of enjoy long trips on buses, which is why I am good at being a traveler. I was all excited that Ethiopia had Tuk Tuks, and now I am realizing when manage wrong they can cripple a country.

Fun crap, these are great forms of transportation for the locals, and humorously the American hear are 200 pounds too fat to get in them. I am sure they are reminded they are obese every time they see one.

I take the Jeepneys; I do not enjoy negotiating with gouge economics of the planet.

Tricycle Taxis are Hated in Philippines


I love the trikes, however, only after I know the locals price and stop negotiating with the Philippine people... hehehe

However, these vehicles should be banned outside the city limits.

Now, that is a huge problem, normally a mayor will extend the city limits for miles so he or she can tax.

Second problem, a city never ends in the Philippines. It is hard to see an open field from La Union all the way to Angeles City.

I guess I need to go to the Mountains, - Life in a 300 people per square kilometer country....


Trike drivers in RP are are a pain in the ass whether they are motorized or pedal bike with sidecars as 90 of the FIlipinos earning their living this way OVERCHARGE , victimize their passengers anyway and anytime they ca, During 90 of their work hours they are IDLE stambys hanging out waiting for their next victim. The trike drivers in AC are particularly hardcore hustlers and would rather knife or scam you than be bargained down from the ripoff rates by even P10. 100 of the time they are MORE EXPENSIVE than metered taxis but most often operate where taxis are not available.

On the PLUS side their common negative and shifty character traits are GREAT for me and my health as I age motivating me to walk long distances rather than give them a peso.

One of Bills Ten Travel Tips for the Philippines applies to trake drivers as well as taxi drivers Never take parked taxis as they are waiting for their next victim usually at all the major transportation hubs like airports bus stations and LRT stations. Always flag down MOVING TAXIS as they tend to be too busy working so can be trusted to charge by their meter what is fair and the market price for their service.