Though the organization has already heeded public clamor to lower vehicle testing fees, the Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP) is still under attack from critics who want their operations either suspended or halted completely due to issues of legality and constitutionality.
Some parties have proposed the suspension of private motor vehicle inspection center (PMVIC) operations until these issues have been resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Others are pushing for their permanent closure.
Here are eight reasons cited by VICOAP on why PMVICs should be allowed to operate:
1) Road safety is a priority.
VICOAP says it has always supported the government’s vision for road safety, and that its primary objective is to protect the lives of Filipinos as they travel on the country’s roads.
2) They have partnerships with government agencies.
VICOAP has forged partnerships with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) to pursue their objective in serving not only vehicle owners, but other road users as well.
3) They are listening to the people.
VICOAP says its decision to lower its testing fees and to waive the retesting charge was a direct result of the public’s outcry.
4) Cooperation with other agencies is important.
VICOAP welcomes suggestions and opportunities for cooperation and collaboration with other government agencies to further promote road safety.
5) Everything has been done by the book.
The organization stressed that its operators are compliant with the government’s rules and regulations since the first day they opened for business.
“In the matter of fairness and equal opportunity, our members also wholeheartedly welcomed procedures such as Draw Lots and Toss Coin in determining who among equally compliant and competent applicants were awarded,” it said.
6) All the requirements were met.
The PMVIC owners emphasized that they have followed and obeyed every requirement and submitted the necessary documents before they were given the authority to operate.
7) Transparency is key here.
Are you curious about the identities of the PMVIC owners? VICOAP says they are listed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Trade and Industry.
“Should additional documents or further clarification be required of us, we will promptly submit or answer these,” VICOAP added.
8) The state-of-the-art vehicle testing equipment says it all.
“Transparency through technology is a key pillar of VICOAP and it is one of the principles upon which we exercise the mandate given to us,” VICOAP said. The organization believes that with “radical and full” transparency, it can demonstrate its commitment to road safety and serving the people.
Tell us, are you for or against the continuation of PMIVC operations?