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        PMVIC clients increase tenfold as deactivation of PETCs intensify

        From 10 to 150 vehicles a day
        by Aris Ilagan Oct 19, 2021
        PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

        Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Edgar Galvante recently issued a directive to all its offices on the full implementation of the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIC) using the new Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).

        The move was aimed at maximizing the utilization of the Motor Vehicle Inspection and Registration System (MVIRS) of the LTMS, which is now fully operational in many LTO offices across the country.

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        This paves the way for the mandatory roadworthiness testing by the private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC), before motorists will be allowed to renew their vehicle registration at an LTO office. The development also results in the deactivation of private emission testing centers (PETC) in areas where there are operational PMVICs.

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        The LTMS will only accept testing resultslight vehicles and motorcycles—from PMVICs.

        However, LTO offices will still allow PETCs to operate in some areas under the following conditions:

        • There is no LTMS site available.
        • An LTMS site is available, but there is no operational PMVIC.
        • PETCs can only accommodate heavy-duty vehicles (trucks, buses, etc.).
        • Tricycle roadworthiness inspection by PMVICs is optional based on Memorandum Circular No. 2020-036 issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

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        According to sources, a drastic increase in motorists who brought their cars and motorbikes was observed in several PMVICs on Monday, at the start of the implementation of Galvante’s latest directive.

        This is a stark contrast to several months ago, when the Department of Transportation (DOTr) declared that the PMVIC roadworthiness testing is not mandatory for vehicles that are up for renewal of registration.

        Sources added that some PMVICs were filled to the brim. These facilities inspected at least 150 vehicles yesterday, as compared to the daily average of 10 cars and motorcycles. Some even serviced more than 300 with the deactivation of PETCs in surrounding areas deactivated.

        Each PMVIC has its own Geographical Area of Responsibility (GOAR), which the LTO identified earlier.

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        PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

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