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Nueva Ecija boosts campaign vs overloaded trucks

The Nueva Ecija provincial government is ramping up the campaign against overloaded trucks to ensure the safety of motorists, according to Nueva Ecija Vice Governor Anthony Umali.

The official said the provincial board council was poised to approve an ordinance setting guidelines on weight limits as well as stricter sanctions and possible alternative roads for overloaded trucks.

The measure is in line with the creation of the Nueva Ecija Task Force Overloading formed by Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali.

The vice governor said the provincial board members agreed to refer the matter to the Committee on Housing Land Utilization and Environmental Protection and Committee on Laws to fast-track the creation of the anti-overloading measure.

“The move will ensure that the trucks carrying overloaded items will be policed by their own ranks to save roads from damage and deterioration,” he was quoted as saying in a Punto Central Luzon report.

Based on the monitoring of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Nueva Ecija First District Engineering Office from October 21-November 14, out of the 3,584 dump trucks that passed by the Sta. Rosa-Tarlac Road, some 1,443 were overloaded.