TACLOBAN CITY– The regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) seeks the cooperation of the truckers and hauling service providers to adhere to their respective prescribed gross vehicle weight (GVW) limits and their axle load limit which shall not exceed 13.5 tons or 13,500 kg. pursuant to Republic Act No. 8794 or the Anti-Overloading Law.
It could be recalled that on November 3, 2023, a truck heading to Samar broke its axle while traversing the San Juanico Bridge.
Fortunately, there were no damages to the railings, and no other vehicles or motorists were injured from the said incident.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that the said truck evaded the San Juanico weighbridge weighing station, and continued traversing the said bridge without undergoing a weight check in order to determine whether or not its weight is within the allowable gross vehicle weight.
“In our commitment to public safety, DPWH RO8 humbly reminds the public in observing policies on motorized utility vehicle weight limits, and their compliance in undergoing weight checks at our designated weighbridge stations on both sides of the San Juanico Bridge,” the agency said in a statement.
“This weight checkpoint is conducted to prevent deterioration and damages to our iconic San Juanico Bridge which is one of the most vital structures, being part of the Pan-Philippine Highway connecting Leyte and Samar, bringing significant economic improvement to the entire nation,” the advisory added.
(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)