MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to hold the implementation of mandatory private motor vehicle inspection center (PMVIC) testing.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the suspension of the implementation of Memorandum Circular SC 2021-02, which is the creation of Geographic Areas of Responsibility (GAOR) issued on July 5, 2021. This is amid issues surrounding the said memorandum.
Tugade also directed the LTO to conduct an immediate and exhaustive review of the policy.
Senator Grace Poe on Monday (August 23) has expressed her disappointment over the reimplementation of mandatory PMVIC. She said that the testing is very costly which is a challenge for motorists especially amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“An official communication sent by Governor Villafuerte of Camarines Sur to the DOTr claimed that, on the ground, the usual emission test is still cheaper than the PMVIC test,” she said.
With this, Tugade directed the LTO to maintain the previous registration process where motorists can choose between a PMVIC and a private emission testing center (PETC) for the required vehicle inspection.
“Secretary Tugade recognizes the need for a smoother and more efficient manner of implementation of the GAOR policy, while also taking into consideration the current COVID-19 situation which hampers the required vehicle registration process,” according to the DOTr.
The DOTr was also able to convince PMVIC owners to lower their inspection rate from P1,500 to P600 for light vehicles, and P500 for motorcycles, which are similar to rates collected by a PETC. Reinspection or retest fees were likewise waived. -AAC