Mandatory PMVIC testing still suspended — LTO

Published October 21, 2021, 2:52 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Thursday, Oct. 21, reiterated that the mandatory inspection of motor vehicles at private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs) is still suspended.

A photo of busy EDSA thoroughfare packed with vehicles and people crossing the overpass days after Metro Manila has been placed under a stricter GCQ ahead of a two-week ECQ from August 6 to 20, 2021. (Mark Balmores/Manila Bulletin)

This, after Senator Grace Poe bared on Wednesday, Oct. 20, that some PMVICs in several provinces have resumed their mandatory motor vehicle inspections despite the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) standing suspension order.

Transport Secretary Tugade issued an order last August directing all regional offices of the LTO to suspend the mandatory inspection and testing of vehicles at PMVICs and within geographic areas of responsibility (GAORs) pending review of the policy.

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However, Galvante clarified that PMVICs have not been ordered to stop their operations and that motor vehicle owners still have the option to have their vehicles tested for roadworthiness and compliance with the Clean Air Act either at a PMVIC or at a private emission testing center (PETC) with the required LTO visual inspection.

“Hindi naman na-suspend ang operation ng PMVICs. They can still operate. Ang na-suspend lamang ay iyong mandatory inspection sa PMVICs at implementation ng GAORs. Ibig sabihin, sa mga lugar kung saan may mga PMVIC, malaya pa ring makapamimili ang tao kung sa PMVIC o PETC magpapa-inspect ng sasakyan bago magpa-rehistro (Only the mandatory inspection on PMVICs and implementation of GAORs have been suspended. In areas where there are PMVICs, motorists have the freedom to choose if the PMVIC or the PETC will inspect their vehicle before registration),” he explained.

Galvante said vehicle owners might have misinterpreted the agency’s rollout of a new IT system linking PMVICs with LTO offices to optimize its Motor Vehicle Inspection and Registration System (MVIRS) as a return of the mandatory vehicle inspections at PMVICs.

The Land Transportation Management System (LTMS), LTO’s new IT system, intends to optimize the use of the MVIRS and gather sufficient data to assess the status of motor vehicles in the country in terms of roadworthiness and safety.

In areas covered by LTO offices without LTMS or PMVICs, results of emission testing done by PETCs will be accepted for registration subject to the agency’s visual inspection of the vehicle, Galvante added.

“Transport agencies have been pursuing road transport improvement initiatives to mitigate the rise in vehicular accidents, and fully uphold road safety. The PMVIC program is just one of the basket of solutions to address roadworthiness of vehicles. Lives will be saved if all vehicles traveling the roads are truly roadworthy,” he emphasized.

According to the DOTr, PMVICs conduct a 72-point full roadworthiness test for vehicles, unlike PETCs which only conduct emission testing.

PMVIC owners earlier heeded the call of the DOTr and LTO to charge the same inspection fees collected at PETCs and waive re-inspection charges amid complaints from various sectors about the exorbitant rates being charged to motorists.

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