ACTING on orders of President Duterte and Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa to address deadly road crashes in the country attributed to road unworthy vehicles, the PNP Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) on Tuesday launched simultaneous operations targeting overloaded trucks and other motor vehicles violating Republic Act 4136 in Metro Manila.
PNP-HPG director, Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz said that initially, their ‘one-time, big-time operations’ is being conducted in 15 selected areas in the metropolis with fixed weigh bridges and portable motor vehicle weighing scales being used to enforce the overloading law.
The PNP-HPG is getting full support from the Land Transportation Office, Department of Public Works and Highways, PNP Crime Laboratory and the National Capital Region Police Office in enforcing the crackdown on overloaded trucks and those violating RA 4136, Presidential Decree 96 including over-speeding.
LTO chief, retired General Edgar Galvante, according to Cruz has also agreed to deputize all 1,600 HPG personnel provided that they undergo an LTO deputation training. Yesterday, around 120 PNP-HPG agents graduated from an LTO training which will authorize them to fully enforce RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
During the crackdown, almost all of the trucks inspected and weighed turned out to be overloaded and thus, their drivers were issued tickets and will be ordered to pay fines.
Cruz said that majority of the deadly road crashes in Metro Manila and the rest of the country involved overloaded trucks whose driver usually reason out that they lost control of their vehicle while negotiating slippery or uphill or downhill roads.
In many cases, the drivers turned out to be driving trucks carrying cement, gravel, steel products and other cargoes way past their maximum load making their vehicle vulnerable to accidents.
The PNP-HPG director led the operation along IBP Road in Batasan, Quezon City which is very near the site of a deadly road crash that killed five and injured dozens of others on October 26, 2017. The culprit in the 9-vehicle collision that day was a speeding overloaded truck.
Cruz said that the operation is serving as a ‘field test’ for newly-deputized HPG trainors who recently underwent a 3-day LTO Trainors Deputation Seminar. They will eventually train HPG men and traffic investigators from different NCRPO police stations so that they can properly address road accidents which regularly kill or maim people.
Late evening Tuesday, the PNP-HPG also launched a crackdown on jeepneys not using headlights at night. Initially, the move targeted jeepney drivers along Aurora corner Katipunan Road in Quezon City.
Cruz said that the practice of drivers not to use headlights during nighttime and particularly when they are in dimly-lit roads is very dangerous and had resulted in deadly accidents.