‘NO HITCHING, OVERLOADING’ Violators face stiff fine, warns LTO-6

first_img* No person operating any motorvehicle shall allow more passengers or more freight or cargo in his vehiclethan its registered carrying capacity. * No person operating a motor vehicleshall allow any passenger to ride on the cover or top of such vehicle. Itmeans the maximum load that a vehicle may carry depends primarily on thevehicle’s maximum allowable gross vehicle weight. The law tolerates load thatexceeds less than five percent of the vehicle’s maximum allowable gross weight. Otayde said LTO-6 teams and deputizedpolicemen would be enforcing the prohibitions. Two sections of the law forbidoverloading – Section 32 (Exceeding Registered Capacity, Issuance ofConductor’s License, Validity and Fee) and Section 51 (Hitching to a Vehicle). The specific prohibitions are thefollowing: Therate of the motor vehicle user’s charge depends on the type of the vehicle thatis specified under Republic Act 8794 through a schedule of rates. So as not to overload, Otayde said,drivers must follow the authorized seating or cargo capacity of their vehicles. However, Otayde said, a JointAdministrative Order issued in June 2014 by LTO and the Department ofTransportation increased the fine to at least P6,000 to discourage violators. RISKY RIDE. The law is crystal clear: No person shall hang on to, or ride on, the outside or the rear end of any vehicle, and no person on a bicycle, roller skate or other similar device, shall hold fast to or hitch on to any moving vehicle. Also, no driver shall knowingly permit anyone to hitch on to or ride the outside or rear end of his vehicle. Violators face a still fine of at least P6,000, according to the Land Transportation Office. Photo shows an overloaded New Lucena, Iloilo public utility jeepney in Barangay Cabilauan, New Lucena, Iloilo. IAN PAUL CORDERO * No driver shall allow any person toride on the running board, step board, or mudguard of his motor vehicle for anypurpose while the vehicle is in motion. According to LTO-6 spokesperson RizaOtayde, their central office reiterated an order for the strict enforcement ofthe prohibition, noting the increasing road mishaps due to overloading. Itreads: “(c) Penalty for Overloading: The Land Transportation Office or itsdeputized officer shall require the owner of a truck or trailer which is loadedin excess of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) to pay a penaltyin the amount equivalent to 25 percent of the MVUC applicable to the vehicle atthe time of infringement, provided that the penalty shall be waived forloadings exceeding the GVW by a tolerance of less than five percent, and thatno vehicle shall be permitted to proceed on the roadway if either a dual-wheelaxle load exceeds 13,500 kg or the vehicle load exceeds 150 percent of themaximum allowable GVW.” Section 6(Penalty forOverloading) reads: “An amountequivalent to 25 percent of the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) shall beimposed on trucks and trailers for loading beyond their prescribed grossvehicle weight: provided,That no axle load shall exceed 13,5000kgs.” “Indinaton mapaktan basi maaksidente kag may mautas nga kabuhi bangod lang sapagpanghingalit naton, so dapat magsunod kita sa laye,” stressedOtayde. Another law that prohibits overloadingis Republic Act 8794 (An Act Imposing aMotor Vehicle User’s Charge on Owners of All Types of Motor Vehicles and forOther Purposes).  This law ensuresthe adequate maintenance of national and provincial roads. ILOILO – Overloaded vehicles will beapprehended, announced the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Region 6.Overloading of passengers and cargo is prohibited by Republic Act 4136 (LandTransportation and Traffic Code). * No person shall hang on to, or rideon, the outside or the rear end of any vehicle, and no person on a bicycle,roller skate or other similar device, shall hold fast to or hitch on to anymoving vehicle, and no driver shall knowingly permit any person to hang on toor ride, the outside or rear end of his vehicle or allow any person on abicycle, roller skate or other similar device to hold fast or hitch to hisvehicle. TheImplementing Rules and Regulations of this law states in detail the penalty forthe use of overloaded vehicles. The prohibition covers privatevehicles, public utility jeepneys, motorcycles, tricycles, multicabs, pickups,cargo trucks, etc. Butshould the vehicle’s weight exceed the specified tolerance level, the owner ofthe truck shall be liable for a penalty equivalent to 25 percent of the motorvehicle user’s charge applicable to the vehicle at the time of infringement. Under the Land Transportation andTraffic Code, violation of Section 32 has a fine not exceeding P100, whileviolation of Section 51 has a fine of not less than P25 nor more than P50. Asidefrom imposing a fine for overloading vehicles, the law provides that vehicleswith dual-wheel axle load exceeding 13,500 kg and those vehicles whose loadexceeds 150 percent of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight shall not bepermitted to traverse roadways./PNlast_img

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