Former Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade’ son, Atty. Jose Arturo “Jay Art” Tugade, has been appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to take the Assistant Secretary role for the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Tugade took his oath of office before Transportation Secretary, Jaime Bautista.

Jay Art, before assuming the LTO chief position, was the acting General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

Former LTO chief, Atty. Teofilo Guadiz III will assume the role of Assistant Secretary for the Road Sector of the Department of Transportation, according to Sec. Bautista.

Anti-overloading campaign

On his first day in office, the new LTO Chief, Atty. Jay Art Tugade issued a directive to intensify the LTO’s anti-overloading campaign, which is part of the new LTO chief’s advocacies on road safety.

Immediately, a combined team of law enforcers from the LTO Central Office and LTO Region 3 went to the Tabang Weighbridge Station in Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan to conduct an anti-overloading operation. The group was under the supervision of Regional Director Ed de Guzman and Assistant Regional Director Danny Martinez, in close coordination with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bulacan District Engineer Henry Alcantara, and was composed of eight personnel from the LTO Central Office and LTO Region 3, plus another seven from the DPWH.

The group flagged down a total of 22 motor vehicles as of 12:04 p.m. Upon weighing, seven vehicles passed while a total of 15 trucks were apprehended in violation of Republic Act 8794 or the Anti-Overloading Act of 2000.

Meanwhile, three vehicles were caught in violation of the provisions of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code and were promptly issued tickets.

“We will continue to build up on our objective of ridding our roads of overloaded trucks because they present direct danger against other vehicles plying our roads. Definitely, our operations against overloaded vehicles will continue without letup so that those violators will learn to respect our laws on road safety,” declares LTO Chief Tugade.