NLEX set to enforce GVW month starting.
January 13, 2011
Following the lead taken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the maximum allowable gross
vehicle weight (GVW) provisions of Republic Act 8794, also known as the Anti Overloading Law, will be strictly
implemented at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) starting on February 1, 2011.
The DPWH announced earlier that effective Feb. 1, it will strictly enforce RA 8794 in coordination with the
Philippine National Police and the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
The Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC), builder-concessionaire of the NLEX, clarified however, that the GVW
merely complements the 13.5-metric ton per axle load limit already being enforced at the NLEX and other road
networks nationwide as mandated by RA 8794.
“To avoid confusion among truck drivers who are largely affected by this anti-overloading campaign, I would
like to inform them that the GVW and the 13.5-ton per axle load limit are basically the same,” MNTC president
Rodrigo Franco said.
Franco explained that the GVW applies when the truck’s cargo exceeds the maximum allowable limit, which ranges
from 16,880 to 41,000 kilograms (kgs), depending on the number and configuration of axles.
He cited as example a six-wheeler truck with two axles whose maximum GVW is 18,660 kgs. and 22-wheeler truck
trailer with three axles whose maximum GVW is 41,000 kgs.
Apprehended drivers of overloaded trucks and trailers would be issued a temporary operating permit (TOP) in exchange
for their driver’s licenses and their vehicles’ license plates which may be redeemed at the LTO main offices on East
Ave., Quezon City within a specified number of days by paying the appropriate fine equivalent to 25 percent of the
Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC).
Franco also pointed out that strict implementation of RA 8794 at the NLEX sits well with MNTC’s continuing program
to further enhance public safety and comfort at the 84-kilometer tollway connecting Sta. Ines in Mabalacat, Pampanga
and either Balintawak in Caloocan City or Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City.
“As a public service-driven facility, the NLEX operates on a policy of superior safety for the NLEX users, among
other major concerns,” Franco stressed. He added that overloaded trucks and trailers pose serious threats to other
motorists and travelers, not to mention excessive pressure they apply on the road pavement.
The NLEX keeps adding safety features that includes six sets of impact attenuators that are reputedly the first of
its kind in the Philippines, 48 CCTV cameras strategically positioned along the NLEX to monitor traffic and 38 CCTV
cameras to check goings-on inside the toll booths, 27 digital outdoor display signs flash safety reminders and traffic
updates daily, speed radars are installed at strategic points to detect vehicles going over the speed limit of 100 kph,
guard rails, and solid wall fence along the entire 84-kilometer stretch that prevent pedestrians and astray animals
from crossing the NLEX.
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