Lawmaker eyes higher penalty vs overloading trucks, trailers

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A lawmaker seeking to raise the penalty on trucks and trailers that are hauling more than prescribed load.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much will the proposed fine be against overloading?

    In filing House Bill 2949, Bulacan Representative Ambrosio Cruz Jr. proposes that the fine for the first offense will be at P50,00; P100,000 for the second offense; and P150,000 for the third offense. The fourth and subsequent violations will have an incremental fine of P100,000 on the base amount of the penalty for the third count.
  • How will the collected funds be used?

    The collected funds from the increased penalty will be used for road repair and rehabilitation.
  • Bulacan 5th District Representative Ambrosio  Cruz Jr. filed House Bill (HB) 2949 that seeks to amend Section 6 of the Republic Act  8794.

    Based the proposed measure, trucks and trailers who will not follow the prescribed gross vehicle weight indicated in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Matrix shall be fined P50,000 for the first offense, P100,000 for the second, P150,000 on third. Its fourth and subsequent violations merits an incremental fine of P100,000 on the base amount of the penalty for the third count.

    In addition, the truck used to commit the violation truck or trailer shall be impounded until the penalty for the corresponding violation is settled.

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    The lawmaker said that the money collected through the proposed increased penalty will be used for the “adequate maintenance of national and provincial roads.”

    He added that the about half of the fines collected will be allocated to the local government unit (LGU) where the vehicle was apprehended. It will be earmarked solely for the construction, upgrading, repair, and rehabilitation of municipal and city roads, bridges, and road drainage.

    Photos from Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz, Jr.’ Facebook Page and Ruben D. Manahan IV

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