SP measure to impose load limits on trucks
posted 6-May-2019  ·  
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A soon-to-be implemented ordinance enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will regulate load limits on trucks carrying heavy materials from its source to the project site using provincial roads on the island.

Provincial Board Member Giovanni Balmadrid, who chairs the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said the measure was passed by the SP in response to complaints from barangay officials regarding the damage wrought on local roads by heavily-loaded trucks carrying aggregates from quarry areas to the project sites.

Allowing these large trucks to use the roads without restrictions, the PBM emphasized, benefits only quarry permittees and contractors to the detriment of the people who use the roads and the government who will have to spend for its repair or replacement.

Sponsored by PBMs Balmadrid and Lorenzo Templonuevo Jr., Provincial Ordinance No. 005-2019 noted that most provincial roads are not built to withstand the wear and tear caused by constant use of trucks weighing more than the roads and bridges can accommodate.

The ordinance states that “it is prohibited for any person to operate or drive a hauling truck carrying heavy materials, as defined herein, exceeding ten (10) cubic meters.”

“A ten wheeler hauling truck is presumed to be carrying heavy source to project site within the limit set in this section if its dumpbox dimensions does not exceed to 2.30 meters in width, 4.73 meters in length and 0.92 meters in height or its equivalent, for trucks of different make and dumpbox sizes,” it states.

Tasked with enforcing the ordinance are the municipal mayors through the municipal treasurers together with the traffic enforcers or task force, and the Philippine National Police. Citation tickets will be distributed to the towns while signages stating the appropriate load limit of the truck will be installed in strategic areas.

The barangay officials, including tanods, will also be deputized to enforce the ordinance.

If the violator is apprehended by the municipality, 60 percent of the penalty will go to it while the 40% will be remitted to the province. If the violator is apprehended within the barangay, the same sharing will be implemented. In case the violator pays to pay the penalty, the truck will be impounded.

The 1st offense will be punishable with a reprimand, with the 2nd and subsequent offenses to be meter by a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of one (1) year or both at the discretion of the Court. In lieu of the filinf of a criminal complaint, the offender may opt to pay an administrative fine of P2,000 per truck.

If the truck turns out to be unregistered with the province under the Revised Revenue Code, the violation thereof shall be punishable by a P2,000 to P5,000 fine or imprisonment of one(1) month to six (6) months, or both at the discretion of the Court.


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