LTO defends PMVICs; says it won’t suspend new vehicle inspection system

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  • LTO said it will not suspend implementation of new motor vehicle inspection system
  • This despite the growing public outcry over its ‘high fees’ being charged by PMVICs
  • Senator Grace Poe has already called for an inquiry on the issue

Saying it is their way of verifying whether a vehicle should be renewed, Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Edgar Galvante has defended the agency’s new inspection system from public criticisms.

This comes after Senator Grace Poe filed a resolution seeking an inquiry into the operation of Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs) for supposedly charging motorists with very high fees.

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Galvante said on Thursday the LTO Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2158 will not be suspended and will remain as a requirement for renewing motor vehicles.

“At this point, no, because that’s our way of finding out if registration of a vehicle can be renewed,” said Galvante during a press briefing.

The LTO official added their old inspection system had become obsolete already and this new system is now the standard even in other countries.

Galvante also urged the public to report any instances of corruption they encountered at PMVICs.

Not the best time to implement

Poe earlier said the fees being charged by PMVICs may be too much for many motorists especially in this time of pandemic when Filipinos are still reeling from lost jobs and increasing commodity prices.

“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,” the senator lamented.

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Her colleague, Senator Ralph Recto, likewise called for the suspension of the implementation of the LTO memorandum.

Echoing Poe’s sentiment, Recto said the operation of PMVICs should be temporarily halted until a comprehensive public consultation is conducted.

Under the controversial LTO memo, PMVICs are authorized to collect an inspection fee ranging from P1,800 to as much as P4,500 depending on the vehicle’s weight. An additional P900 may also be charged if reinspection is needed.

As for motorcycles and tricycles, inspection fee will be P600 and reinspection is P300.