The various regional offices of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducted Anti-Truck Overloading Mobile Enforcement (ATOME) operations in their respective areas as part of concerted initiatives to heighten the enforcement of the law on anti-overloading upon the direction of LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Jose Arturo “Jay Art” Tugade.
LTO Chief Tugade directed all LTO Regional Directors to see to it that Republic Act 8794 or the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge Law, particularly on anti-truck overloading, is strictly implemented to maintain the roadworthiness of the country’s national and provincial roads.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), the LTO NCR-West and DPWH conducted ATOME activities where 54 out of 142 trucks flagged down during the operation declared overloaded.
In Region 3, daily joint operations against truck overloading were conducted in Tabang, Guiguinto and in Bocaue. Based on the latest data from November 22 to 24, there are now over 180 trucks inspected wherein more than 120 were found to have violated the prohibition on overloading.
Meanwhile in Region 5, ATOME operations were conducted in Polangui, Albay and out of 37 trucks inspected, 11 were found to have found overloaded which is a violation of Republic Act 8794.
For LTO Region 8, three shifts of personnel from the LTO and DPWH conducted intensified enforcement of RA 8794 at the DPWH Weighbridge Station located in Santa Rita, Samar, while in LTO Region 10, LTO LEOs and DPWH personnel inspected 23 trucks at the Amoros Weighbridge station in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, where three trucks were found to have violated anti-overloading laws.
All violators were issued a Temporary Operator’s Permit and the driver’s license of these trucks were confiscated.
“Overloaded trucks that continue to ply our national and provincial roads pose dangers to motorists aside from damage to infrastructure. Overloading of trucks for the sake of being able to transport more goods to more areas is no excuse. It’s time to put a stop to this long-time practice. I will see to it that the LTO’s anti-overloading operations will continue without letup,” declares LTO Chief Tugade.