The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) have extended anew the suspension of enforcement of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) for trucks and trailers.
In a joint advisory, DPWH and DOTR moved its previous deadline from June 30, 2017 to December 31, 2017, as a response to requests from the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines to give them more time in acquiring additional transport equipment.
The suspension covers Code 12-2 or truck, semi-trailer with 3-axles at motor vehicle and 2-axles at trailer for a total of 18 wheels and Code 12-3 or truck semi-trailer with 3-axles at motor vehicle and 3-axles at trailer for a total 22 wheels.
Other truck/trailer codes must follow the current maximum allowable GVW under the anti-overloading policy.
“With the extension, we expect truck/trailer owners will upgrade their units to comply with the Codes 12-2 and 12-3 to have maximum allowable GVW of 41,500 and 42,000 kilograms respectively before January 1, 2018,” said DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar.
Secretary Villar stressed the importance of strict compliance to the policy, as overloaded vehicles cause early deterioration and damage on quality roads and threatens road safety of drivers and other road users.
He however noted the downward trend in anti-overloading violation in the last 10 years based on the operation of DPWH weighbridges nationwide.
In 2006, a huge 46 percent or 174,256 out of the 374,763 trucks that were weighed were overloaded whereas in 2016, it went down to 13 percent with only 41,620 out of the 311,099 weighed trucks were non-compliant.
DPWH and DOTC through the Land Transportation Office (LTO) enforce the anti-overloading law with the operation of 24/7 weighbridge stations and portable weighing machines at strategic locations through Anti Truck Overloading Mobile Enforcement (ATOME) along national roads, and imposition of penalties on overloading vehicles.
Under the law, overloaded trucks are fined with 25% of the amount of their motor vehicle user’s charge (MVUC), applicable to the vehicle at the time of infringement.
The anti-overloading policy is pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 8794 otherwise known as “An Act Imposing a Motor Vehicle Users Charge on Owners of all Types of Motor Vehicle and for Other Purposes”, which aims to promote motorist safety and prevent early deterioration of roads cause by overloading.