IN compliance with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure all vehicles, particularly trucks, are roadworthy and safe, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has intensified its Anti-Overloading Mobile Enforcement (ATOME).
Director Clarence V. Guinto, of LTO-National Capital Region-West, said in close coordination with local government units, the PNP-Highway Patrol Group, tollways management and traffic enforcement unts in the country are implementing strictly ATOME tonight.
Guinto said the agency has also deputized, several young policewomen from PNP-HPG, engineers and office personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH), Skyway, SLEX, NLEX, Cavitex and to augment the manpower force of the agency and ensure the order of Duterte would be implemented properly.
Guinto said tonight the forces of LTO-NCR-West and its deputized agents will be deployed at all entry and exit points of expressways.
In Metro Manila, Guinto said the PNP-HPG and LTO-NCR-Operations team would apprehend and impound overloaded trucks.
“In place lahat sa exit at entrance point ang weighing scales ng DPWH, at mga expressway kaya walang lusot, kung meron man sasalubungin sila ng PNP-HPG-LTO-NCR-Operations, personnel, to stop and apprehend,” said Guinto.
Guinto said the agency and allied forces are sending a strong warning to trucks owners and operators to sincerely obey and follow the laws to avoid apprehension.
“Sumunod lang sa batas para makaiwas sa lahat ng problema,” said Dir. Guinto.
Last September 17, 2019, 21 people, including children, were killed when a truck they were riding plummeted into a ravine in South Cotabato.
A report from South Cotabato Provincial Police Office (SCPPO) said the vehicle was bringing about 30 people home from a trip to the beach when the driver lost control of the truck near T’boli, South Cotabato.