I heard from a reliable source that a German National, residing in Malrous, Calindagan, Dumaguete, died last week (Monday, I believe) in a motorcycle accident involving a pedicab. I have been reluctant to post this since the person's name has not been mentioned in the local news and since I have no proof of the incident itself. However, since I have had several near misses myself and my wife spent a few days in the hospital due to a similar accident, I thought it would be a good time to bring this subject to light again.
Apparently, he was overtaking a pedicab on the National Highway in Bacong when the pedicab turned left without signaling. I don't know all the details except that he died and his passenger was taken to hospital and later released. I do understand the need for pedicabs and I appreciate that, but there are way too many on the roads, many of the drivers have no clue how to drive, many of the pedicabs are deathtraps, and they just wreak havoc on driving in general. I also believe that pedicabs are not even allowed on National Highways but I am pretty sure that this driver will still be plying his route next week unless a private citizen (maybe his partner) steps forward and lays charges against him! If you got rid of all the pedicabs that don't meet even minimum Philippine safety standards (lights, signals, brakes, muffler, smoke test as well as getting rid of the remaining two-stroke bikes), you would cut the number in half, at least, and probably get rid of many of the worst drivers at the same time. However, they are a politically aggressive group so I doubt that this will ever happen.
Anyway, my sincere condolences to the Gentleman's family and friends.