Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has appealed to private motor vehicle inspection center (PMVIC) owners to reduce their vehicle testing charges and to suspend the collection of retesting fees for one year.
Currently, PMVICs are charging between P1,500 and P1,800 to test light vehicles, P600 for motorcycles and tricycles, and P300 for public utility jeepneys. When a vehicle fails the exam, the owner must pay half of the original fee for a retake.
In a statement, Tugade proposed to the PMVIC owners to cut down the testing fees to P500 or P800, which is almost the same amount as the rates being charged by private emission testing centers (PETC).
“Ako ay umaapela at nakikiusap sa mga PMVIC owners—ipakita at iparamdam ninyo ang pakikiisa ninyo sa administrasyong Duterte. Babaan nninyo ang inspection fee ninyo, i-lebel ninyo sa kasalukuyang singil ng mga PETC, at i-waive ninyo ang reinspection fee habang may pandemya,” says Tugade.
Tugade says his move was based on the instruction of Malacañang to strike a balance between road safety and the pressing needs of the public, which is still recovering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What will the PMVIC owners say about this? As of this writing, the Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines is scheduled to make an announcement this afternoon regarding the issue.