By Leonel Abasola

ROAD ACCIDENT. A trailer truck loaded with bag of cement hits an electrical post along Ortigas Avenue Extension in Antipolo City on Dec. 4, 2023. Transportation Office chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II has ordered regional directors to strictly implement the crackdown on overloaded trucks and trailers. (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)

MANILA – Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II has ordered regional directors to strictly implement the crackdown on overloaded trucks and trailers.

In a news release Monday, Mendoza said overloaded trucks and trailers threaten road safety and sometimes result in fatal road accidents.

Several cases of multiple vehicle damage and multiple fatalities have been recorded due to overloaded trucks and trailers along national highways.

“Based on the complaints that we have been receiving, overloaded trucks also contribute to road and bridge damage which eventually result in additional expenses for the national government for repairs,” Mendoza said.

“We need to seriously run after them because more than the damage to roads and bridges, they also threaten the safety of all road users,” he added.

Overloading is one of the main violations in the past few years.

In 2023, the LTO recorded around PHP42.7 million in penalties from overloading of motor vehicles, especially trucks and trailers.

The strict enforcement since August last year resulted in the decrease of violations by 12.8 percent compared to the data in 2022. (PNA)