DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary
Arthur Tugade said PMVICs
should lower their fees to P500
to P800, which are the rates
being offered by Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs).
The motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS) is no longer mandatory, Tugade said.
The PMVICs’ fees, however, are based on the Land
Transportation Office’s memorandum circular 2018-2158.
The LTO is an attached
agency of the DOTr.
Malacañang has said the
MVIS is no longer mandatory--meaning that there should
be no new or additional fee for
the registration of vehicles.
Local governments and
lawmakers have sought the
suspension of operations of
PMVICs following reports of
alleged corruption and complaints from motorists.
Senator Grace Poe also
questioned why the DOTr in
its PMVIC contracts removed
a provision barring transport officials or their relatives
from operating said inspection centers.
To recall, the Senate committee on public services has
recommended the suspension
of PMVIC operations, which
began in October.
“We can’t see any law that
allows LTO to privatize this
service. If they want to, they
can go to Congress to ask for a
law, they can’t decide on their
own,” Senate Pro Tempore
Ralph Recto said.
Recto added that it was
enforced suddenly and there
seems to be a monopoly.
“There are only 138 PMVICs.
There’s no competition and the
price is mandated. If it’s privatized, there should be competition to lower the prices.”