Amidst mounting complaints and protests, Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Edgar Galvante has finally come out in the open to address the issues surrounding the new Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS).
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Galvante first tackled the P1,800 testing fee being charged by private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) for privately owned vehicles.
“Dapat din tignan natin ang mga ginamit na equipment sa testing. Hindi naman mura ’yan. Reasonable na ’yan para sa mga nag-finance, nag-put up n’yan para makabawi sila sa investment,” he explained. He went on to say that the estimated time on return of investment for each PMVIC is between two-and-a-half to three years.
In the event a vehicle fails the safety inspection process, motorists have the option to undergo the process again for an additional fee of P900.The testing fee for private motorcycles, meanwhile, is P600 while the retake charge is P300. The LTO chief added that when the establishment of PMVICs was first approved in 2007, the proponents of the program agreed on a testing rate of P1,500.
Galvante gave motorists a little ray of hope regarding the fees: “Puwede pa naman ibaba ’yan, depende na mga may-ari ng PMVIC. Kung maibaba ’yan, mas mabuti.”
Regarding reports of technical glitches in the MVIS and inconsistencies with results, the agency head assured that they are addressing motorists’ complaints.
“Pinag-explain namin sila, pagkatapos noong ikinorek nila wala naman daw idinagdag na bayad (retake fee),” he said.
Galvante explained that the government has no choice but to implement the MVIS given the increasing number of accidents in the country caused mainly by poorly maintained vehicles. He also revealed that the initial target of 138 PMVICs might increase in the future to accommodate the large number of vehicles in the country.