A City in the Philippines Requires Taxi Drivers to Paint Bible Verses on Their Vehicles to Curb Crime January 2, 2015

A City in the Philippines Requires Taxi Drivers to Paint Bible Verses on Their Vehicles to Curb Crime

The city of Tagbilaran in the Philippines has required taxi drivers to put Bible verses on the back of their vehicles for 22 years now. They say it’s a way to reduce crime:

Any driver caught without a Bible verse is fined or has their license revoked. The city wants the world to know how much they love God’s Word…

“With a Biblical message at the back of the units commuters get to see the message every day and it helps in way to preserve the peace in our city,” Lucille Lagunay, a city councilor,said.

Lagunay said the Bible of wheels idea has resulted in lower crime rates, stronger families, and a relatively peaceful city compared to other big cities in the Philippines.

Although the Tagbilaran City Hall only gives out 3,000 commercial tricycle licenses every year, the government requires each driver to have a scripture verse that is completely their own and one that is not being used by any other tricycles operating in the city.

Most operators, when they get their license, are assigned a Bible verse and then have to take their tricycle to get the verse painted on the back by one local auto painter who has painted the town’s tricycles for the past 20 years.

For what it’s worth, there’s no proof that the Bible verses have reduced crime or built stronger families at all. Their crime statistics put them roughly in the middle of the pack as far as nations go.

I am curious, though, how they keep getting distinct Bible verses for everyone. At some point, you have to start handing out bits of Leviticus or other weird passages.

(via Mr. Syms. Image via OlegD / Shutterstock.com)

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