Officials from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said certification from Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs), establishments that perform ocular inspections and tests on vehicle emissions, remain valid in areas with no access to Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs).
“Sa mga wala pang PMVIC, nire-recognize pa rin namin ang accredited PETCs. Even with the visual and ocular inspection, hopefully makita ang diprensya para makita kung kailangan na ipaayos ang sasakyan,” LTO chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said in a virtual presser.
To date, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport Mark Steven Pastor said there are 24 operational motor vehicle inspection centers (MVIC)—including those operated by the government—in Angeles City, Pampanga; Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Pamplona, Camarines Sur; San Fernando, La Union; Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Otis, Manila; UN Avenue, Manila; Taguig City; San Pedro, Laguna; Pili, Camarines Sur; Ormoc City; Roxas City; Danao City; Mandaue City; Dasmarinas, Cavite; Mandaue, Cebu; Dagupan City; Valenzuela City; Calapan City; Carcar City, Cebu; Daet, Camarines Norte; Tacloban City; Sorsogon City; and Dumaguete City.
“Sa mga lugar na wala pa, maaari po na emission certificate lang po ang kailangan para makapag-parehistro sa LTO,” Pastor said.
He said the DOTr and LTO have so far identified 138 sites to build MVICs, 115 of those sites have been awarded to project proponents, with 23 sites still subject for reopening, re-publication, or re-evaluation.
To ensure that there will be enough MVICs to test all motor vehicles in the country, he said the DOTr and the LTO released Memorandum Circular 2020-2225 to add 200 more sites for MVICs.
“Ito po ang nagpapatunay na ang DOTr kasama ang LTO ay patuloy po na magbubukas at magdadagdag pa po ng MVICs (This proves that the DOTr and LTO will continuously open and add more MVICs),” Pastor said.
Galvante said there is a big difference between PETCs and PMVICs, with the former only testing vehicle emissions while the latter performs about 70 tests meant to ensure the safety of vehicles older than 15 years.
“Hindi po nagagawa ng PETCs ang pag-check ng preno, ilaw, alignment ng gulong at iba pa para ma-pronounce na safe ang sasakyan.Ang MVIC kumpleto,” he said.
DOTr Undersecretary Rainier Yebra said the establishment of PETCs was an old concept and the result of implementation of laws passed long ago such as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
“Sa ilalim naman po ng ginawang memorandum circular na nilabas nung 1986, ginawang pre-registration requisite o mandatory ang vehicle inspection. Ito po ay dahil sa madaming ulat na madaming sasakyan ang nai-involve sa road crash dahil sa depektibong vehicle parts
Pastor said MVICs will charge about P1,500 for the annual inspection of motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 4,500 kilograms, P600 for motorcycles, and P300 for public utility jeepneys (PUJs).
He noted that inspection fees may vary, with some costing up to P1,800 with a reinspection fee of P750 for vehicles that initially failed an inspection.
“Kung idi-divide po natin ito in a year, ang katumbas po nito ay P4 kada araw. So, maliit na halaga po para sa atin pong safety sa lansangan ,” Pastor said.