The maximum gross weight allowed for certain roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vehicles going in and out of Romblon ports has been increased and is in effect until June 30, 2021
Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) approved the appeal made by the lone district representative of Romblon, taking into account adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the trucking sector
The identified truck types are exempt from compliance to PPA Administrative Order No. 05-2020, which prescribes the new allowable maximum gross weight for Ro-Ro vehicles
The authority and responsibility of the master of the Ro-Ro ship in determining the safe loading capacity of the cargo deck will still be observed
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has approved the temporary increase in allowable maximum gross weight for certain roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vehicles going in and out of Romblon ports until June 30, 2021.
In a memo dated April 22, PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago said it has granted the appeal of lone district of Romblon representative Leandro Jesus Madrona to allow the temporary increase in the maximum gross weight of certain truck types until end-June to ease the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the island province.
The memo exempts identified truck types from complying with PPA Administrative Order (AO) No. 05-2020, which prescribes the new maximum gross weight for Ro-Ro vehicles and rationalizes the basis for determining their allowable maximum gross weight when weighed at PPA ports.
AO 05-2020, which took effect in August last year, was issued to conform to the allowable maximum gross vehicle weight prescribed by the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Transportation (DOTr) under the amended implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act (RA) No. 8794, or An Act Imposing a Motor Vehicle User’s Charge on Owners of all Types of Motor Vehicles and for other purposes.
Santiago said the exemption takes into account “the representation that the COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted the trucking sector in the Province of Romblon and those dependent on inter-island transportation of prime commodities…”
The temporary allowable maximum gross weight set by PPA is as follows:
- Trucks with 2 axles (6 wheels) – 23,000 kilograms (Under AO 05-2020, the maximum gross weight allowed should only be 18,000 kg)
- Trucks with tandem rear axle, 3 axles (10 wheels) – 38,300 kg (from 33,300 kg)
- Truck with tridem rear axle, 4 axles (14 wheels) – 40,600 kg (from 35,600 kg)
- Truck-semi trailer with 2 axles at motor vehicle and 1 axle at trailer (10 wheels) – 39,000 kg (from 34,000 kg)
- Truck-semi trailer with 2 axles at motor vehicle and 2 axles at trailer (14 wheels) – 45,600 kg (from 40,600 kg)
- Truck-trailer with 2 axles at motor vehicle and 2 axles at trailer (14 wheels) – 44,700 kg (from 39,700)
The authority and responsibility of the master of the Ro-Ro ship to determine the safe loading capacity of the cargo deck will still be observed, in keeping with Department of Transportation and Communications (now DOTr) Department Order No. 2003-39 (Revised rules and regulations to implement Executive Order No. 170-A expanding the coverage of the Road Ro-Ro Terminal System). – Roumina Pablo