LTO fast-tracks opening of smoke emission testing centers

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is hastening the inspection of private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs) to ensure their quick activation.

Land Transportation Office (LTO) (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

"The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTO, through the PMVIC 
Authorization Committee is now fast-tracking the conduct of ocular 
inspections to ensure the PMVICs' compliance to standards and requirements for activation," the DOTr said on Tuesday. 

PMVICs are privately-owned automated vehicle inspection facilities 
that not only check a vehicle's compliance with emission standards 
but also tests for the roadworthiness of a vehicle prior to registration.

The authorization committee is tasked to formulate the guidelines and
procedures on PMVICs, and to evaluate the applicant's conformity 
with the requirements for authority to operate these.

According to DOTr Assistant Secretary Giovanni Lopez, who is also 
the head of the Authorization Committee, of the 138 identified sites, 
113 have already been awarded to private operators, with 25 sites still to be awarded.

The committee is targeting to operationalize 32 sites nationwide by
the last week of August, pending the results of the ocular inspection, Lopez said. 

"We have been conducting ocular inspections, despite travel limitations due to COVID-19, to determine the readiness of these sites. One of the requirements we are looking at is its connectivity with the LTO Information Technology system," he added. 

With this, LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said the Agency is now 
speeding up the preparation of its IT system to accommodate and process 
results coming from the PMVICs. 

"We have been testing the LTO IT system and its connectivity with that of
 the inspection centers to identify issues, and iron out glitches. This is to
ensure that once operational, the transaction process will be smooth 
and efficient," the LTO chief said.

To be made operational this August are PMVICs at the following sites in Luzon: 

-Pasig City
-Valenzuela City
-San Fernando City, La Union
-Vigan, Ilocos Sur
-Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
-within Lingayen and Alaminos, Pangasinan
-Angeles City, Pampanga
-Dasmariñas, Cavite
-San Pedro, Laguna
-Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
-Pamplona, Camarines Sur
-Pili, Camarines Sur
-Sorsogon City
-Daet, Camarines Norte.  

In the Visayas, PMVIC will operate in the following areas:

-Roxas City, Capiz
-Mandaue City, Cebu (2 sites)
-Danao City, Cebu
-Naga City, Cebu
-Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (2 sites)
-Tagbilaran City, Bohol
-Tubigon, Bohol
-Bais City, Negros Oriental
-Maasin City, Southern Leyte
-Ormoc City, Leyte; 

Motorists in Mindanao will soon be able to have their motor vehicle inspected 
at the following PMVIC sites:

-Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
-Iligan City, Lanao del Norte
-Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental
-Mati City, Davao Oriental
-Panabo City, Davao del Norte
-General Santos City

Following the activation of the 32 PMVICs in August, 29 more PMVICs 
are targeted to be operational in September 2020, 14 in October 2020,
three in November 2020, five in December 2020, and 25 by January
2021, the LTO said.

"The operationalization of the remaining awarded sites (30 PMVICs) 
will be for further determination," Lopez added.