“This is not the proper time for that.”
This is how Camarines Sur governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte described the ongoing mandatory roadworthiness tests that private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) are conducting in the province.
In his letter to Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade dated August 13, 2021, Villafuerte appealed for the suspension of the mandatory PMVIC testing due to mounting complaints from residents about the vehicle inspection fee.
“Although the cost of inspection by PMVIC has been lowered and the imposition of reinspection or retest fee has been removed and the PMVIC Steering Committee even claims the PMVIC inspection cost is the same as the cost given by a private emission testing center (PETC), verification shows that the cost given by the PETC is still lower that is why a lot are complaining regarding the implementation of the subject policy,” the governor mentioned in his letter.
There are two operational PMVICs in Camarines Sur: Key2 Motor Vehicle Inspection in Pili, and Naga Starprince MVIC in Pamplona. The testing fee by the PMVICs is currently pegged at P672 for light vehicles and P560 for motorcycles, inclusive of value-added tax. For emission tests, the PETCs charge P450 for light vehicles and P350 for motorbikes.
“In view of the plea of my constituents affected by this policy, I am respectfully appealing to your office to lift the implementation of Memorandum Circular No. MC-SC-2021-02,” Villafuerte added.
The local executive also said PMVIC tests should not be mandatory for motorists prior to the renewal of their vehicle registration at the Land Transporation Office (LTO). Instead, they should be given the option to have the vehicle’s roadworthiness inspection done at any PETC within the Geographical Area of Responsibility (GOAR) that was earlier specified by the LTO per region.
Villafuerte also believes this move will also douse speculations that he is connected to any of the PMVICs in Camarines Sur.
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