The LTO memorandum reminding its personnel nationwide to apprehend vehicles that have passengers riding outside or at the rear of any vehicle

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) reminded its regional offices to strictly ban passengers riding on the back of pickup trucks and other similar vehicles in light of recent fatal accidents involving such vehicles.

Assistant Sec. Edgar Galvante in his September 18 memorandum reminded all LTO regional heads to strictly enforce Sections 32 and 51 of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

Galvante reminded regional LTO directors that RA 4136 prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle exceeding its registered passenger capacity and with persons riding outside or at the rear of any vehicle.  “Hence, it is unlawful to allow passengers on board the cargo/freight provisions of a truck including pick-up vehicles,” Galvante said in the memorandum.

The back of a pickup truck or any similar vehicle is not meant for passengers but only for cargo.  Whatever the reason may be for passengers to ride at the back of a truck, even if it be for excursion purposes, the law is very specific against it and that the LTO has no choice but to implement the law, Gonzaga added.

Violators will be meted a P5,000 penalty.  (Rommel F. Lopez)