With quarantine policies across the country easing up, principals of the different private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) have doubled their efforts to comply with the strict standards set by the government.
According to our sources, Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade conducted ocular inspections of PMVICs in Visayas a few days ago to determine if these establishments comply with the standards set by the agency under Memorandum Order 2019-009, or the Revised guidelines for the authorization of Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers.
Once a PMVIC meets all the requirements, the DOTr issues a certificate to operate so it can accommodate applications for vehicle testing as part of the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) registration requirements. A total of 138 PMVICs are targeted for completion.
Sources say that recently, six additional PMVICs have been issued a certificate to operate by the DOTr. These newly activated facilities are now required to forward a Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR) to the LTO for every motorcycle and light vehicle that undergoes the 60-point vehicle roadworthiness test.
“All LTO Regional Offices, District Offices, and Extension Offices are to require a Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR) from a duly accredited Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (PMVIC) within the interim GAOR [General Area of Responsibility] by the LTO. Such MVIR must be dated within sixty (60) days prior to the date of registration renewal,” says the memorandum signed by DOTr undersecretary for administrative service/franchising review staff Artemio Tuazon Jr., dated November 23, 2020.
Originally scheduled to begin in August, the activation of the PMVICs was delayed after the government imposed a series of lockdowns, preventing European technicians from installing the required equipment. These PMVICs will totally replace more than 1,000 private emission testing centers, which have been operating on provisional authority for several decades.