By Betheena Unite
The suspension of the enforcement of anti-overloading policy to certain types of trucks and trailers has been extended anew to give truckers ample time to upgrade their transport equipment.
According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has re-extended the suspension of enforcement of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight for trucks and trailers having a total of 18 and 22 wheels.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade agreed to move the anti-overloading policy from its previous deadline to June 30, 2019.
This is to give haulers and truckers more time to acquire additional transport equipment and conform with the latest gross vehicle weight.
“Truck/trailer owners have sufficient time to upgrade their units to conform with latest maximum allowable gross vehicle weight of 41,500 for code 12-2 and 42,000 kilograms for code 12-3 before July 1, 2019,” Villar said.
The suspension covers Code 12-2 and 12-3 which involves truck, semi-trailer with 3-axles at motor vehicle and 2 axles at trailer for a total of 18 wheels and truck semi-trailer with 3 axles at motor vehicle and 3-axles at trailer summing up 22 wheels.
Other truck/trailer codes must observe the current maximum allowable gross vehicle weight under the anti-overloading policy.
Villar further said compliance with the policy will prevent early damage and deterioration to road pavements and will lessen the occurrence of accidents attributed to overloaded vehicles.
Under Republic Act 8794 or “An Act Imposing a Motor Vehicle User’s Charge on Owners of all Types of Motor Vehicle and for Other Purposes”, a fine worth 25 percent of the motor vehicle user’s charge will be imposed against overloaded trucks applicable at the time of infringement.