Poe files resolution to probe vehicle inspection, roadworthiness evaluation centers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) — A lawmaker has filed a resolution calling for an inquiry into the inspection centers tasked to evaluate the roadworthiness of private vehicles.

Senator Grace Poe filed Senate Resolution No. 634, which seeks to look into issues surrounding Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers or PMVICs. Motorists have been required by the Land Transportation Office to make their vehicles undergo regular tests with accredited PMVICs as part of their registration renewal process.

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Inspection fees range from ₱600 to ₱1,800, with advocacy groups flagging the hefty amounts. Meanwhile, reinspection fees for vehicles that failed their tests run from ₱300 to ₱900.

“The intention behind the law is noble, but the fees following its implementation cannot come at a worse time in the middle of a pandemic where people are barely getting by and now have to add another item in their list of expenses," said Poe, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services.

Poe likewise raised how the new inspection procedure, which is supposed to be more thorough as it uses advanced technology in checking vehicles, had been accompanied with several complaints from motorists.

“It’s hard to ignore the accounts from motorists who have experienced glitches in the PMVIC test results that incurred additional costs on their part for reinspection,” said the senator. “The unreliability of the test results is problematic and burdensome, to say the least.”

Another issue, she added, was the alleged lack of interconnectivity with the PMVICs’ information technology (IT) system and the LTO. This means owners of vehicles might still need to avail of another testing in a different center, Poe explained.

LTO chief Edgar Galvante earlier told CNN Philippines problems related to connectivity are already being addressed, and motorists will still be issued certificates in case issues in the electronic transmission of results arise following the testing. These certificates can then be presented to the agency, he added.

The Transportation Department is eyeing 200 more sites for PMVICs in addition to the current 138 nationwide.