THE Land Transportation Office is bent on keeping the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) a pre-requisite in the registration of vehicles.
At the Laging Handa press briefing, LTO chief Ed Galvante hinted on the need for funds for the rehabilitation of the 12-lane MVIS facility at the LTO central office in Quezon City.
But while waiting for funds, the LTO official said that they could still do motor vehicle inspection using the traditional way — manually.
He, however, lamented that while manual vehicle inspection is possible, the agency’s daily capacity may not be able to match what the private motor vehicle inspection centers can wrap up on a day-to-day basis.
Galvante nonetheless favors the idea of securing ample funds to rehabilitate its vehicle inspection centers.
Galvante attributed the previous administrations’ failure to allot funds for the rehabilitation of motor vehicle inspection centers (MVICs), for which the LTO waa forced to tap privately-operated MVICs.
“Kahit hanggang ngayon patuloy kaming nanghihingi, in case na magkaroon ng pondo para mai-rehabilitate ang LTO’s motor vehicle inspection centers,” he said.
LTO’s MVIC at the LTO East Avenue office in Quezon City “fell into disrepair with its testing equipment suffered from a lack of budget for maintenance and calibration, and needed spare parts.”
The MVIS along East Avenue was rehabilitated in 2007 but the regular maintenance and calibration of testing equipment were not carried out due to lack of funding, the DOTr said.
Galvante said while the new motor vehicle inspection system is no longer mandatory following the order of President Rodrigo Duterte, motorists still have to have their vehicles checked at LTO’s inspection centers in East Avenue and Pasay City.
Under the old system, the roadworthiness test will rely on visual and manual inspection since the equipment are worn out.
“Ang inspection sa LTO, patuloy na isasagawa. ‘Yan ang daan para makita kung ang sasakyan ay roadworthy,” he said.
This comes as the vehicle inspection program faced criticisms after privatization, where motorists had to shell out ₱600 to ₱1,800 with additional fees for reinspection.
Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers or PMVICs have decided to cut down inspection fees: ₱600 for light vehicles, motorcycles ₱500, and jeepneys ₱300.