The Vehicle Inspection Centers Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP) condemns the alleged demolition job waged by certain groups against the computerized vehicle roadworthiness test.
Atty. Fudge Tajar, the newly designated spokesperson of VICOAP, said the group sees an ongoing pattern of black propaganda aimed at discrediting private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) before the eyes of the motoring public.
“It was unfortunate that representatives from our industry were not invited to the committee hearing to answer the accusations and lies hurled against the PMVIC operators. The non-stop black propaganda not only undermines our duly accredited processes, it also impedes progress for road safety in the country as well,” she stated.
Tajar was referring to the most recent public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance last October 26, 2021, when some of the invited resource speakers were not allowed to participate during the online discussion.
In contrast, those who are against the computerized vehicle roadworthiness test were given the chance to air their views, including vice mayor Mannix Ortega of San Juan, La Union.
Fajar came to the VICOAP’s defense, explaining that testing facilities were subjected to strict regulatory procedures by various agencies upon arrival. She also emphasized that these equipment are currently used in many countries to check the condition of vehicles before being allowed to re-register.
“Malicious presumptions, especially those made in official public venues such as Senate sub-committee budget hearings, are akin to fake news peddling. We are not sure if he is trying to protect the interests of PETC (private emission testing centers) owners,” Tajar added.
She also stressed that PMVICs is a fool-proof system because it is linked to the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS)—the LTO’s new centralized portal, which means it cannot be manipulated. Every facility is equipped with CCTV cameras to ensure that there will be no misconduct in the testing area.
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