Anti-overloading law yet to be implemented in Bacolod

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Friday, February 25, 2011


THE Bacolod City District Engineering Office has yet to implement the law against overloaded trucks and vehicles plying major streets in the city, particularly the circumferential road.

“This is supposed to take effect last February 1, 2011 in coordination with the Philippine National Police and the Land Transportation Office-Department of Transportation and Communication,” said District Engr. Josefino Melgar. “But we’re still waiting for a directive from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson.”

He admitted that there are overloaded vehicles, particularly trucks transporting sugarcanes that pass by the Bacolod Circumferential Road, which cause the deterioration of roads not only in the city but other highways in Negros Occidental.

“As soon as we receive the directive, we will conduct a coordination meeting with truckers, PNP and LTO personnel,” Melgar said in a radio interview. “There is really a problem on overloading in our streets na nagiging dahilan kung bakit nasisira ang ating kalsada.”

Starting this month, the maximum allowable load limit of 13.5 metric tons per axle load should have been strictly enforced as per Republic Act (RA) 8794. But the enforcement of the law, using both the maximum allowable load limit and the prescribed gross vehicle weight (GVW) standard, which ranges from 16,880 kilograms to 41,000 kilograms depending on the number and configuration of axles, will commence on May 1, 2011.

DPWH Western Visayas Director Evelyn Barroso earlier said that with the assistance of PNP and LTO as well as local government units in the monitoring and enforcement, they will effectively control the movement of overloaded vehicles in Panay and Negros Island.

“Based on studies, trucks with loads beyond the allowable gross weight contribute to premature deterioration or damage of national highways,” she stressed. “Aside from ensuring the preservation of road assets, the prohibition on the movement along national roads of overloaded vehicles under RA 8794, which imposes a motor vehicle user’s charge on all types of vehicles, will also institute safety.”

The LTO has deputized the DPWH to enforce said law. Personnel were also deputized to issue Temporary Operating Permits (TOPs) and confiscate the plates of trucks found to be overloaded pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 8794.

To control the movement of overloaded trucks, Barroso said the DPWH is overseeing the operation of three weigh stations: two in Negros Occidental and one in Iloilo City. The DPWH central office was also asked to provide additional portable weighing machines to augment the three working weigh stations.

Aside from sugarcane trucks, most likely to be affected are truckers that move imported timber for the furniture and home furnishing industry; the steel-makers, particularly the automotive parts industry that imports special steel; petroleum companies; cement manufacturers as well as gravel and sand haulers. (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 25, 2011.

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