The government has announced that it is again suspending the enforcement of the revised allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) for trucks and trailers until July 31 this year. It was supposed to have been implemented beginning February 1 this year.
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson and Secretary of Transportation and Communications Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya "granted the request of concerned haulers and truckers to defer the February 1, 2014, implementation of maximum GVW for trucks with three-axle motor vehicles and two-axle trailers under Codes 12-2 and 12-3, respectively."
Singson is quoted to have said that "the extended suspension of enforcement until July 31, 2014, is more than enough time for truckers to upgrade their transport fleets to conform to the latest GVW"
Under the law, trucks and trailers under Codes 12-2 and 12-3 with load exceeding the prescribed GVW of 41,500kg and 42,000kg, respectively, and load per axle of more than 13,500kg are prohibited to travel on public roads. A penalty of 25% of the Motor Vehicle User's Charge in the vehicle registration with the Land Transportation Office is imposed on apprehended trucks and trailers for overloading.
Overloading, as you know, is the primary cause of road damage and deterioration. It is also a leading cause of vehicle breakdown and road accidents.
What can we say? Our interpretation of this story is that "concerned haulers and truckers" are more important than "concerned citizens of the Philippines." Awesome.
Photo from Luigi Potenciano