DPWH, DOTr Extend Suspension of Anti-Overloading Policy for Trucks
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has extended the suspension of the anti-overloading policy for trucks and trailers to December 31, 2018. The two agencies extended the suspension to give haulers and truckers "ample time to acquire additional equipment" that can meet the latest maximum allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) for trucks and trailers with a total of 18 and 22 wheels. To be more specific, the suspension covers Code 12-2 and 12-3, which includes trucks, semi-trailer with three axles for motor vehicles and two axles for trailers for a total of 18 wheels. It also involves truck semi-trailer with three axles for motor vehicle s and three axles for the trailer for a total of 22 wheels. "We are expecting full compliance from Codes 12-2 and 12-3 truck/trailer owners on upgrading their units to have maximum allowable GVW of 41,500 and 42,000 kilograms respectively before January 1, 2019," DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said. Last August 2017, the DPWH also extended the suspension of the said anti-overloading policy to December 31, 2017. The previously set deadline was on June 30, 2017. As such, the DPWH and the DOTr hope that the new extension to December 31, 2018 will give truckers and haulers ample time to finally comply with the said anti-overloading policy.