By now, at least 32 new private motor vehicle inspection centers, located in different urban centers of the country, have started conducting dry runs of vehicle roadworthiness tests. These facilities are using modern equipment approved by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and sourced from Europe.
Top Bikes Philippines was fortunate to be the first motorcycle website to gain access to the QWIK Private Vehicle Inspection Center. Located in Angeles City, Pampanga, QWIK is the country’s first privately owned motor vehicle inspection facility to be given provisional authority to operate under the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) program. The facility was inaugurated in December 2019.
Here’s another first: We were allowed to experience the actual vehicle roadworthiness testing procedure with a three-year-old Yamaha MT-09 owned by yours truly. We were joined by a group of Manila-based big bike riders mounted on Ducati Panigale and BMW S1000RR units. Their race-prepped bikes, having too many modifications, only made it to Stage 1, or the ocular inspection.
So we focused on the MT-09. For the record, the only modifications done on my MT-09 were the replacement of the stock pipes with an Akrapovic system, and the rear suspension with an Öhlins kit. After the ocular stage, the bike’s front and rear wheels were positioned over a pair of rollers to check the accuracy of the speedometer, as well as the effectiveness of the front and rear brakes.
A designated car jockey drives the vehicle to the testing bay, while the owner stays in a comfortable air-conditioned lounge. But since I was there to feature the new modern process, I was allowed access to the testing areas. Two other technicians—trained and certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority—work with the car jockey to inspect the horn, signal lights, brake lights, clutch, and brake levers. There were figures and data appearing on screens atop the testing equipment to guide the technicians.
In a few minutes, the bike was moved to the next stage to check the sound level of the exhaust, followed by the emission test, before moving on to the headlight illumination test. Many of the processes were done simultaneously, saving lots of precious time for the owner. In fact, the comprehensive roadworthiness test was done in less than 15 minutes. Surprised?
Well, probably the biggest surprise we got was when the MVIS report showed that my MT-09 actually didn’t pass—not because of the modified exhaust, but due to the headlight illumination. Remember, this experience was just part of the dry run. The testing parameters may still change depending on the LTO’s implementing rules and regulations, which is expected to be released soon.