The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started cracking down on overloaded trucks by fielding Anti-Truck Overloading Mobile Operation (ATOME) teams nationwide.
ATOME teams are composed of DPWH engineers deputized by the Land Transportation Office, a DPWH maintenance crew and representatives from the Philippine National Police and, in Metro Manila, from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
According to the DPWH, overloaded trucks damage national roads and bridges and to prevent this, the ATOME teams are tasked to check suspected trucks. If a truck is found to be overloaded, the apprehending team will confiscate the driver's license of the driver as well as the vehicle's license plate. ATOME will issue a Temporary Operators Permit, which is only valid for 24 hours.
"We are not doing this for the collection of penalty fees, we are doing this to protect and preserve our national roads and bridges to assure public safety," said DPWH secretary Rogelio L. Singson.
The DPWH has fielded 13 ATOME teams in Metro Manila with the first shift operating from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the second shift is from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Weighing stations are located at the Moriones Gate and Zaragosa Gate at the Manila North Harbor; Capulong Street-Circumferential Road 2 in Tondo; 25th, 8th and 2nd Streets at the Manila South Harbor; MIA Road corner Coastal Road in Parañaque City; Quirino Avenue in Las Piñas City; Manila South Road Viaduct in Muntinlupa City; Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City; San Jose-Novaliches Road (Quirino Highway) in Caloocan City; MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City; Sumulong/Marcos Highway; and Ortigas Extension.
Photo from the DPWH