The Land Transportation Office in Region 7 said there are still no clear-cut guidelines on the issue of axle overloading of cargo trucks until now.
LTO assistant regional director for Central Visayas, Arnel Tansingco, said during his recent visit to Dumaguete City that the agency has started implementing the law on axle overloading in the National Capital Region.
In fact, the Department of Public Works and Highways has ordered the transfer of weighing scales to the NCR for this, although Tansingco said he could not ascertain whether those in Central Visayas had also been pulled out.
DPWH is the government agency, together with the LTO, responsible for enforcing the law on axle overloading.
A weigh bridge scale at Tamisu, in Bais City, Negros Oriental, being operated by the DPWH, may not be pulled out as it is a permanent facility, LTO-Bais chief Janine Lawas said.
At least two groups of sugar planters in Negros Oriental have petitioned the LTO for a moratorium or review of the overloading law, citing economic setbacks on the sugar industry, if implemented.
Tansingco said the LTO in Region 7 has yet to act on their petitions.
In the meantime, in the absence of guidelines, hauling trucks are allowed to ply the national highway even if overloaded.*JFP
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