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  1. woodstock

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    Hello all,

    My brother-in-law is a pedicab driver in Dumaguete City, and he plans to buy a pedicab to avoid paying the rent to the owner of his current pedicab.

    As far as we know he has to buy a used pedicab business license, as their number is limited. Does anybody here know the approximate current price for this license? Or the price for a used pedicab including a license?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
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    Welcome to the forum. Have you tried to speak with the LTO about this issue? They will more than likely be able tell you what a new license would cost (if even available). I can't advise on purchasing a used one, though I would guess if they are limited they might be a bit pricey.
     
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    Thank you for the nice welcome!
    I tried to call LTO, but nobody picks up the phone. Anyway I would only expect that they tell me the official price of a license, and that it is not available. I know from many other regions that used pedicabs with license cost about 100,000P, but I heard that they are above 200,000P in Dumaguete. So just the license would be above 100,000P. I was wondering if the license really can be so much more expensive than in other regions.
     
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    I think Dumaguete is in a fairly unique situation. It is a city big enough that it should have a taxi system in place, yet the trikes continue to be the workhorse of the public transportation system.

    Very tough competition and it would be difficult to get a return on the investment (unless you could get the trike permit/license cheap and resell it later at a higher price). I wouldn't think it would be worth it personally. If I were dead set on public transportation I would look into getting a taxi permit and buying a car for that kind of money. Much more to be made on giving tourists rides/tours than slaving the day away on an old rickshaw making chump change.
     
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    There is one trike repair place on the south Hiway out of town. A little questioning with the people there may yield some primarily information for costs and licensing.

    Another business venture, in lieu of a trike, would be a Habal-habal (four passenger motorcycles taxis). I am not sure they are licences for them. They seem to be primarily outside Dumaguete proper which means most are probably illegal. They are prevalent in Valencia and Bacong (most private motorcycles and drivers are not licensed in Bacong). Since licensing seems to be the biggest cost, and I think 200,000 P plus or minus is in the ball park, the start up of cost on a Habal-habal would be cheaper. Of coarse there is no maintenance costs since nothing is ever maintained here... hahahaha :wink:.

    The licenses are probably more expensive because of the 2500 trike limit. The reality is that everyone would make more money if there was about 1800 trikes, and they would no one bitching about fares. The drivers would get more and the passengers would be happy to find a ride.... life is about supply and demand. Traffic would probably move faster too in town.

    Trikes are an evolutionary stage of a city's development. Unfortunately I am not sure that Dumaguete will ever be able to evolve to a higher form of transportation, as with the use of taxi cabs, as the streets are so narrow, and the local drivers are not disciplined to follow any driving rules.
     
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    My girlfriend has a friend who has 5 tricycles that she rents out for 120 piso a day. I would have my B I L try renting one from someone for awhile to see if he really wanted to do it for a living. Of course if you are paying for the trike and license, profit is assured if nothing else than the liquidation of the asset or as I have sometimes heard about, the family member didn't want to be a trike driver after all and rented the trike out instead of working / disconnected the motorcycle so they would have a nice ride.

    I found myself wanting a trike last night to carry me home from Sibulan market at 7:30 PM. I only needed to go 3km and had two small bags of groceries. The driver wanted 70 piso, the same he would normally charge if his trike was full to overloaded. My GF wanted to bargain with him but I told her no, it's just 3km and I hope the driver has a pleasant evening waiting to actually make some money. Many trike drivers think they are going to turn piratical and make a load of money off foreigners but it isn't necessarily so. I'd have paid 30 piso but the walk didn't kill me either.
     
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    The trick to getting a good fare quote on a trike is to not have the foreigner be the one to ask for the quote, and not be seen with the person who asked for the quote until the quote is made, the number of people should be part of the quote so when the "rick" foreigner show up the price does not triple because one person is added. I had four ladies get a price quote for 40 P from Bacong to Robinson mall, if I was by myself the price would be from 150 to 250 P. That is how it works here, it is not the price that bothers me as it is the concept that they think we are so dumb to their ways. :grumpy: Gee wiz... I am starting to get a little Filipino pride myself :wink: before long I will be shooting those drives in the back as they drive away... the acclimation process is getting easier as I learn the more Filipino customs. :o o: I am practicing
     
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