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        VICOAP: Vehicle testing centers face possible closures due to huge financial losses

        A negative mindset and disinformation campaigns are the main culprits
        by Aris Ilagan May 28, 2021
        PHOTO: Cojibas PMVIC Ormoc City

        Things have gone from bad to worse, says Iñigo Larrazabal, president of the Vehicle Inspection Centers Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP). Larrazabal is referring to the current status of private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs), as these new businesses have failed to attract a sufficient number of customers despite lowering their fees.

        Since February this year, PMVICs have agreed with the government’s request to reduce their rates from P1,800 to P600 (P672 with VAT) for light vehicles, and P600 to P500 (P560 with VAT) for motorcycles.

        On the other hand, the testing charge at private emission testing centers (PETC) for both motorcycles and light vehicles is P450, or P480 with VAT. Vehicles that undergo testing at PETCs also need to pay an additional P168 as a computer fee. At PMVICs, no such charge exists. 

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        The VICOAP official suspects the widespread disinformation campaign being waged relentlessly by some segments against the PMVICs’ 70-point inspection procedure could be the main culprit. “Nakundisyon nila ang mind ng tao na mas pabor kung sa PETC sila magpapa-check ng sasakyan,” says Larrazabal.

        Currently, 42 PMVICs are already operational, while around 20 others are nearing completion. Initially, the government was targeting the establishment of 400 facilities. “Hindi na nadagdagan yan dahil takot na ang mga investor,” he added.

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        Larrazabal refused to comment on the alleged ‘no-show’ scheme at PETCs, although our sources consistently say this illicit practice has become prevalent over the past months. To add insult to injury, some senators have filed a resolution seeking the suspension of PMVIC operations based on mounting opposition from motorists. 

        “The program is in danger. We need to correct people’s mindsets. Kung magsara yan mga PMVICs, ano na ang mangyayari sa road safety campaign ng ating gobyerno?,” Larrazabal asked.

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        PHOTO: Cojibas PMVIC Ormoc City

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