MANILA - Toll operator NLEX Corp has stepped up enforcement of traffic laws on the country's longest expressways as violators have nearly doubled during the first half of the year.
The management of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) said Wednesday it would sternly implement safety measures covering the use of seatbelts, speeding, and overloading.
The announcement came after a recorded 92 percent increase in traffic violations on the two expressways year on year, with 71,146 cases in the first half of 2018, nearly twice last year's figure of 37,106.
Overloaded vehicles comprised most of the recorded traffic violations, with 15,880 apprehended.
This is followed by motorists flagged down for not wearing seatbelts at 10,161.
In response to the rise in road violations, NLEX Corp said it is enforcing the axle load limit of 13,500 kgs or 13.5 metric tons for every truck.
“This is in keeping with our sustained imperative to make sure that traveling along the NLEX-SCTEX is always safe and convenient,” said Rodrigo Franco, president of NLEX Corp.
The expressway management also reminded motorists of the maximum speed limit: 80 kph for trucks and buses, 100 kph for cars.
A minimum speed of 60kph, meanwhile, is set for all vehicles using the expressways.
More traffic officers have also been deployed at toll plazas to flag down motorists not wearing their seatbelts, NLEX Corp said.