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MVIS no longer mandatory

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.”