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Philippines Post releases a stamp issue that spotlights Tricycles

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In the Philippines, a tricycle is a public (for-hire) vehicle consisting of a motorcycle and an attached passenger sidecar, not to be confused with an unmotorized three-wheeled pedicab known as trisikad. A tricycle is an indigenous form of auto-rickshaw and built in variety of styles which differ from city to city.

All are built around from imported, mostly Japanese motorcycles. One variety has a cab completely enclosing the motorcycle and rider. This accommodates three to four passengers and luggages or boxes can be placed on the roof. A passenger sits next to the driver and up to three passengers can be seated in two bench seats in a compartment behind the rider and front seat. This can be completely enclosed in plastic during rainy weather.

Motorized tricycles are common means of passenger transport everywhere in the Philippines. The tricycle is the most popular means of transport in small towns and cities, especially in the rural areas .A three-wheeled wheel chair was built in 1655 or 1680 by a disabled German named, Stephen Farffler, who wanted to be able to maintain his mobility. Since he was a watch-maker, he was able to create a vehicle that was powered by hand cranks. In 1789, two French inventors developed a three wheeled vehicle, powered by pedals; they called it the tricycle.

Another variety of tricycles for passengers can ride behind the driver and two or more in the side car depending upon the design. Some tricycles can fit 9 passengers. Both kinds of tricycles are painted colorfully, as are jeepneys. Tricycles sometimes are locally made, but larger companies, such as Fitcor Marketing, manufacture passenger tricycles.

Passenger fares are cheaper than taxis, yet more expensive than jeepneys. Fares range from P6 to P250, depending on the locality and distance to be ridden. Inside cities tricycles usually operate as shared taxis, where passengers’ fares are calculated per passenger and after the distance travelled. These fares are closed to fares of jeeepney. For longer journeys or in areas with heavy tourism the driver will usually request, that the passenger hire the whole tricycle and negotiate a “special fare”, which will then be closer to that of taxi.

Stamps, Souvenir sheets and Official First Day Covers will be available starting November 11, 2013 at the Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Manila Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

Source: Philippines Post

Philippines Post releases a stamp issue that spotlights Tricycles, 3.6 out of 5 based on 9 ratings

published December 19th, 2013