DPWH defers gross vehicle weight provision of anti-overloading program

An April 14, 2011 press release by the Department of Public Works and Highways

The Department of Public Works and Highways has announced that its Anti-truck Overloading Mobile Enforcement (ATOME) program temporarily defers the enforcement of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) provision of the Anti-overloading Law.

DPWH Undersecretary Raul C. Asis, head of the DPWH Anti-overloading Task Force said that the temporary deferment was due to the ongoing arrangements with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and other stakeholders in the synchronization of the weighing operations and the finalization of revised GVW limits for each truck/trailer configuration.

“While finalizing the revised GVW limits, we shall continue enforcing the 13.5 ton per axle load limit,” Asis said.

The DPWH ATOME program aims to minimize damage to national roads and bridges brought by overloaded trucks and to save billions of public funds allocated for road and bridge maintenance operation.

Since the DPWH started enforcing the load limit in February 1 this year, it has been observed that there has been a sharp decline on the number of load limit violators.

In Metro Manila, the DPWH has deployed 13 ATOME Teams that are tasked to check and if found overloaded will apprehend violators.

DPWH weighing stations are located at the Moriones Gate, Zaragosa Gate and Capulong near C-2 in the North Harbor, 25th Street, 8th Street, and 2nd Street in South Harbor in Manila, MIA Road cor Coastal Road in Paranaque City, Quirino Avenue-Las Pinas City, Manila South Road Viaduct-Mintinlupa City, Sumulong/Marcos Highway, Ortigas Extension, Commonwealth Avenue-Quezon City, San Jose – Novaliches Road (Quirino Highway) – Caloocan City, and Mac Arthur Highway – Valenzuela City.

The ATOME Teams are composed of DPWH engineers, deputized by the Land Transportation Office, DPWH maintenance crew and representatives from Philippine National Police and Metro Manila Development Authority.

LTO-deputized DPWH enforcers will confiscate the plate number of vehicles found overloaded, and the driver’s license and, the, and will issue a Temporary Operators Permit (TOP), which has a validity of 24 hours.

The first shift of the DPWH ATOME Operation starts every 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 2nd shift is from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM.