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Philippine Tricycles - a Complete Guide

Tricycles are motorcycles with sidecars, either for carrying passengers or for carrying goods.

There is a third type of tricycle - the pedal tricycle or pedicab. This is simply a push-bike fitted with a sidecar.

Tricycles, usually referred to as trics (pronounced “trikes”), have become another Philippine icon.

They were originally designed to operate on small back-roads where jeepneys or buses were not permitted, but today you will find trics everywhere, even on national highways. But they are not permitted on expressways (toll roads).

 White Tric - San Fernando City

Highway Hazards
It is the tricycles (and jeepneys) that have made Philippine highway travel so slow. Trics, and often pedicabs, just putter along at a snail's pace, often on the overtaking lane while ignoring the blasting of horns by other drivers wanting to overtake.

And it is the tric that often leads to head-on collisions by drivers who run out of patience and overtake recklessly. It all gets back to the main road rule here - "Might is Right!" - and trics come near the bottom of the ladder, just one rung above dogs, cats, chooks, and pedestrians.

Thanks to a combination of jeepneys and trics on the highway, the trip from San Fernando City, La Union, to Angeles can often take over four hours - that's an average speed of only 45 kilometers an hour.
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