CABANATUAN CITY – The entry and passage of overloaded trucks in Nueva Ecija are strictly prohibited starting September 16 following an inter-agency task force decided to step up the implementation of the “Anti-Overloading Law” in order to protect roads and bridges in the province from early deterioration.
Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio M. Umali convened the “Nueva Ecija-Task Force on Overloading” and decided to implement a “no entry and passage zone” – banning overloaded trucks coming into the province.
Among those present during the NE-TF on Overloading meeting were Vice Gov. Emmanuel Antonio M. Umali, Fr. Arnold Abelardo, Provincial Police chief Col. Richard V. Caballero, representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and concerned local chief executives.
Col. Caballero said: “Ipinatawag para i-inform na mag-create ng Task Force on Overloading ng mga bumibiyaheng mga trucks na beyond the load limit na sinasakay nila which apparently is contributory sa pagkasira ng mga kalsada.”
In Zaragosa, a 24-hour “anti-overloading” checkpoint has been put in place, which is jointly manned by the Nueva Ecija DWPH 1ST District office, the Zaragosa-LGU, and the local police.
Karen Gina Agbayani, of the NE-DPWH 1ST District office, said all trucks passing through the Tarlac-Zaragosa boundary are required to undergo a weighing procedure, and those found exceeding the required load limit will not be allowed to enter the province.
Earlier, NE-DPWH 2ND District Engr. Elpidio Y. Trinidad has asked for the help of the provincial government in implementing a “no entry and passage zone” for overloaded trucks in the province.