DPWH tells truckers no over-loading

December 18, 2010 2:20 am 

By Lily O Ramos

MANILA, Dec. 17 –Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson on Friday told truckers that from now on, overloading will not be tolerated on our roads and highways.

It is expected that by February 1, 2011, strict implementation of anti-overloading shall be enforced.

In a dialogue with stakeholders and members of the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines(CTAP)which aims to discuss and solve critical issues in the strict implementation of the provisions of RA 8794 or Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC Law), Singson said,"We cannot afford to do nothing about overloading, we want to upgrade the status of our national roads by 2016."

Present during the dialogue are former Land Transportation Office Head Assistant Secretary Alberto Suansing, Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) President Rodolfo Ocampo and representatives from the Integrated North Harbor Truckers Association, Association of Integrated Truckers of Montalban Aggregates, Manila North Tollways Corporation, South Luzon Tollways Corporation and DPWH Metro Manila District Engineering Offices.

Critical issues raised during the dialogue are the main causes of the overloaded freights and cargo from ports, processing and manufacturing facilities and aggregate processing facilities.

To solve the issue, the DPWH will conduct checking of gross vehicle weights of cargo trucks directly from the point of origin of the cargo.

Singson also suggested to the cargo forwarders to include in their contracts with their clients that the penalty of excess load from the allowable limit shall be paid by their clients.

Because of the important issues raised in the dialogue, instead of the scheduled full implementation of the anti-overloading operation on January 2011,the DPWH had given a one month moratorium to have an ample time to coordinate with other concerned agencies.

The MVUC Law says trucks are prohibited to pass through national roads and bridges if their axle load exceeds the 13,500 kilograms per axle capacity limit and allowable computed gross vehicle weight (GVW).

Singson said that based on the recent studies conducted by the DPWH 50 percent of cargo trucks passing through the national roads are overloaded resulting to the early deterioration of the national roads.

A study conducted by the Australian Aid said 10 percent of overloading on national roads will result to a total of 30 percent deterioration to road and bridge structures.

"To be able to save a huge amount of our national budget, we must strictly comply on what is provided by the law, so that we can effectively utilize the government funds to build the needed infrastructure," Singson added.

The actual needed budget to maintain and preserve the total of 30,000 kilometers of roads is P40 billion compared to the P19 billion Asset Preservation Fund (APF) that the Department receives through the collected charges under the MVUC.

Based on the International Roughness Index (IRI), the country average IRI index is six (6), which is considered as Poor as caused primarily by overloaded vehicles. (PNA) scs/LOR

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