When you go to another city or province in the Philippines, have you ever noticed the difference in the tricycle designs?
Here are some that we have captured and ridden in, around the country. We must say that even though our drivers are not the most disciplined, our tricycles in Urdaneta are the most comfortable :)
La Union and southern parts of Ilocos Sur. Sporty looking but narrow and cramped. back seat riders face the back part.
Batac and Laoag - smaller than in La Union. May not be able to seat 3 persons comfortably. The sun protection for the driver will be useless in the rain. Drivers in these cities are hot tempered and will blow their horn even at cars making a valid u-turn.
Bontoc, Mountain Province - These are heavily decorated with stainless steel trimmings and may drag on uphill climbs where it is located. Tall, wide and quite spacious.
Baler, Aurora - Almost similar to the Urdaneta tricycle, but not enough padding inside. All metal and "matag-tag" They are mostly painted chrome.
Oslob, Cebu - Tall and Narrow but with large front windows. You can actually see the road coming at you. May sometimes be a cab hooked to a less powerful motorcycle so going uphill is a challenge. Drivers here are kind and patient.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan - The biggest and most fascinating. The body is wide and includes full protection for the driver from the rain. Ironically, it still feels cramped inside. Most if not all drivers know all the tourist attractions, good places to eat and for entertainment around the city.
Urdaneta City - Mostly yellow as per city law. With enough padding comfort for the passenger. Usually has a large oval mirror in the cabin - don't you feel disappointed when there is no mirror in a tricycle? And if the mirror is small, it feels like the tricycle is "dayo"?
There is now a growing concern on the overcharging done by tricycles here. One time, the fare was Php. 50 from Chowking Nancayasan to Lisland. This must be solved ASAP.