An official of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways to stop the operation of an axle weighbridge in Tamisu, Bais City in central Negros Oriental.
NOCCI board director Danford Sy, who is in the trucking and hauling business, said the Tamisu axle weighbridge is deficient as it is built on an uneven surface, so the weighing of trucks and other vehicles for their axle load is not accurate.
He said the uneven surface of the weighbridge shifts the weight of each axle, so some of them tend to exceed the weight limit, and the owner of the vehicle made to pay fines under the law. The closer the axles are to each other, the greater the chance of weight transfer, and the greater the effects of this transfer of weight, he added.
Sy said that, based on the study, the length of the weigh bridge with an even and flat surface only measures 12 to 15 feet, from the ideal 100 feet from one end to another, to accommodate longer hauling trucks.
He said an axle weight comparison he made for vehicles being weighed at the Tamisu station showed discrepancies depending on the direction of the vehicle.
If facing Manjuyod going to the north, the vehicle’s axles are heavier compared to when it facing Bais City or south, Sy said, adding that he believes this is indicative not just of an uneven ground of the facility that sits on a hillside at the national highway, but of the deficiencies of the weighbridge.
He said that he has presented the study he made at the recent NOCCI meeting attended by representatives from the DPWH, the Land Transportation Office, businessmen, and Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District).*JFP
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