The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has requested owners of private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) to waive the retesting fees that are charged when a vehicle fails the initial road worthiness test.
This move came after Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, appealed for compassion from the members of the Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP), especially as the country’s citizens continue to feel the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Iyong tinatawag na retesting fee, sana po ay maalis muna natin ito,” Sarmiento said during the committee hearing on the controversies hounding the new motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS).
VICOAP president Iñigo Larrazabal expressed his group’s readiness to implement the
measure recommended by the legislators, adding that most members are already offering free retesting. The Motorcycle Rights Organization, meanwhile, told the panel that it received reports of a motorcycle owner who was made to pay huge retake fees after his unit failed the test six times.
Insiders disclosed that Larrazabal was initially reluctant to make a commitment on the free retesting, as only around 70 of the 120 PMVICs that were given provisional authority to put up their facilities are VICOAP members. It was only after DOTr assistant secretary Giovanni Lopez assured the panel that he will instruct all PMVIC owners to toe the line that Larrazabal’s group gave its commitment.
Despite this progress, Sarmiento assured that the panel will continue with the hearings on the MVIS, particularly the legality and constitutionality of the multi-billion-peso program.
The PMVIC resting fees cost half of the regular inspection rates, which the Land Transportation Office pegs at at P1,500 to P1,800 for light vehicles, P600 for motorcycles and tricycles, and P300 for public utility jeepneys.