To demonstrate the capability of Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) as part of government’s effort to maintain roadworthiness of vehicles, transportation officials led the media recently in a walk-through at QWIK Vehicle Inspection Services, a fully-operational Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (PMVIC) located at Sto. Domingo, Angeles City Pampanga.
Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante, chief of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) said under the MVIS, the PMVIC will undertake visual and machine tests of vehicles prior to registration.
The inspection will include 39 items in the above carriage, 29 items in undercarriage, emission, alignment (side slip), suspension, brake and speedometer tests.
“Kailangan natin palawakin and MVIC, kaya may konting inconvenience or discomfort, siguro we can sacrifice a little dahil isa itong paraan para maiwasan ang aksidente sa daan,” Galvante said.
He also added MVIC is not after the model of the car but the roadworthiness of the car.
Based on data released by the World Health Organization there are about 1.35 million people who died yearly due to road accidents and it cost most countries 3% of their gross domestic product.
In the Philippines, 12,000 people died on the road every year a result of road traffic crashes.
Addressing the questions from the media about the status of Private Emission Testing Centers (PETC), DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Services Artemio Tuazon Jr., explained that the DOTr will continue to renew their authorization but we told the operators that once
PMVIC becomes available in their area, we have to terminate their authorization.
DOTr Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez , on the other hand, said that this project has been in the drawing board for more than 12 years and it was realized only under the administration of President Duterte through the leadership of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and LTO chief, Asec. Galvante.
At least 138 PMVIC are targeted by DOTr nationwide and so far, has issued 31 notices to operate and 7-provisional authority to operators.
On the question of the difference between Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs) and PMVICs, the LTO Chief said that the MVIC checks all the major parts of the vehicles. The PETC only tests emission.
“Kaya, for as long as kailangan ‘yung nagtse-check ng emission, nandun pa sila. Halimbawa, ‘pag may nakitang hindi sumusunod sa emission control na sasakyan, mabibigyan ng citation at kailangang ayusin ang sobrang smoke emission. At kapag ito’y naayos na, hindi kailangang pa-inspect sa MVIC kundi sa PETC lamang ito ipapa-inspect,” Galvante explained.
Mr. Jethro Dionisio, a former operator of an emission testing center, now a PMVIC owner based in Laoag, affirmed Asec Galvante’s statement, saying that though the PETC is a very good program years back, in compliance with the Clean Air Act, this only addresses the pollution issue. He, however, noted that the program is full of human intervention.
“Doon po sa emission testing, nakikita mo kasi na it is only checking the pollution. Na-observe din po ninyo siguro, doon po kasi maraming human intervention. Earlier [during the walk-through], it was shown to us how a vehicle is tested sa bagong programa, which I believe is about time. We check the roadworthiness of cars, na hindi ito makakaka-aksidente. As a former operator of the PETC, I fully support this [PMVIC] program,” Mr. Dionisio emphasized.
On her part, Ms. Judith Azarcon, a PMVIC owner in Roxas City, Capiz and Board Member of the Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP), said that they are very excited to open their center.
Officials who were also present at the event were LTO Region III Director Eduardo Guzman and LTO Region IV-A Director Atty. Noreen Bernadette San Luis-Lutey.