Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade has proven to be a man of his word after making good on his promise to make the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) mandatory in his bid to reduce road accidents in the Philippines.
Today, the Philippine Star published a copy of Memorandum Circular No. MC-SC-2021-02, which makes vehicle testing procedures on light vehicles and motorcycles mandatory in areas where private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) are already operational.
Under the law, the DOTr order should take effect on July 26, 2021, or 15 days after it was published in a national daily.
The document titled ‘Implementation of Geographical Area of Responsibility for renewal of registration for light vehicles and motorcycles’ was signed by Artemio Tuazon, head of the DOTr’s steering committee on PMVICs, last July 5.
“Now, therefore, premises considered, the DOTr hereby promulgates these rules for the establishment of a Geographical Area of Responsibility (GOAR) for inspection of vehicles using the MVIS as a requirement for the renewal of vehicle registration with the LTO,” the document stated.
However, it is specified in MC-SC-2021-02 the PMVICs will only be allowed to inspect small vehicles and motorcycles due to the limited space to accommodate trucks and buses in most facilities. The result of the vehicle roadworthiness test will be transmitted to the nearest LTO office on a real-time basis using the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).
Meanwhile, private emission testing centers (PETCs) within the same GOAR will still be allowed to conduct emission testing only on trucks and buses, while the ocular roadworthiness inspection process for these heavy vehicles will be done by personnel of the local LTO branch.
“It shall not be mandatory for DOs (LTO district offices) and EOs (LTO extension offices) outside the GOAR of any Authorized PMVICs to accept inspection results for purposes of renewal of registration for Light Vehicles and Motorcycles from a PMVIC. Motor vehicle owners shall have the option to have their motor vehicles inspected by either authorized PMVICs or PETCs,” the document stated.
“Dos and EOs located within overlapping GOARs of two or more Authorized PMVICs shall accept the MVIRs (motor vehicle inspection reports) of any of the PMVICs within their covered area,” it added.
In a phone interview, Iñigo Larrazabal, president of the Vehicle Inspection Center Owners Association of the Philippines (VICOAP), assured that the current roadworthiness testing fee for light vehicles stays at P600 and P500 for motorcycles, excluding value-added tax.
Also, the owners of the PMVICs have agreed to not be strict on the testing procedures for the brakes, headlight, speedometer, and suspension of the vehicles and motorcycles, but will also remind owners to make the necessary repairs or adjustments to avoid accidents in the future.
According to sources, the DOTr is set to release the GOARs for PMVICs in the coming days.
Of the 42 PMVICs that were given the authorization to operate by the DOTr, 36 are already conducting vehicle tests. The remaining six are in the final phase of fixing LTMS connectivity.
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