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        LTO chief: Mandatory PMVIC testing remains suspended

        Motorists can still choose between PMVIC and PETC
        by Aris Ilagan Oct 21, 2021
        PHOTO: House of Representatives

        Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Edgar Galvante has issued a clarification on the reported revival of mandatory roadworthiness tests by private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC).

        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 GAOR (geographical areas of responsibility),” says Galvante. “Ibig sabihin, sa mga lugar, kung saan may mga PMVIC, malaya pa ring makapamimili ang mga tao kung sa PMVIC o PETC magpapa-inspect ng sasakyang bago magparehistro.”

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        His statement was a reaction to reports that mandatory PMVIC testing has resumed  in some regions, along with the activation of the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) at LTO offices.

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        The issue cropped up after images of a memorandum to LTO regional officials signed by Galvante on October 6, 2021 circulated online.


        Senator Grace Poe described the move as a “two-fold blow,” and immediately called the attention of the agency and the Department of Transportation (DOTr). According to her, it caught the public at a bad time, when fuel prices have been skyrocketing.


        The new memo is regarding the rollout of the Motor Vehicle Inspection and Registration System (MVIRS), which is one of the six core modules of the LTMS. It is not for the mandatory GAOR implementation. The LTO chief made it clear that PETC results will still be accepted and uploaded to their record system.

        He added that results of the emission tests conducted by PETCs will be accepted for the vehicle registration’s renewal process, in areas where LTO office don’t have access to LTMS, or LTMS is available but there are no operational PMVICs. An LTO representative will also conduct a visual inspection of the vehicle’s roadworthiness.

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        Galvante underscored the importance of the LTMS, which can process the registration renewal of some 35,000 vehicles per day, as compared to the 1,800 daily transactions of the previous IT system.

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        PHOTO: House of Representatives

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