MVIS not suspended, Palace clarifies

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A COUPLE of days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a one-year suspension of the implementation of the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection System (PMVIS), a top Malacañang official issued a statement clarifying that the controversial measure is not suspended and would still form part of the pre-requisites in the registration of vehicles.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the PMVIS, which earned public outrage for its hefty fees, is no longer mandatory but would remain as one of the two options that motorists should consider before a motor vehicle could be registered. The other option — emission testing.

“Meron tayong clarification. Kinakailangan pa rin po na mag-submit ng either iyong emission clearance or MVIS,” said the Palace spokesperson.

“Dalawa po ‘yang pupuwede ninyong isumite: ‘yong emission na dati na po ‘yan or MVIS. Hindi po pupuwede na wala ang pareho,” he added.

Motorists earlier complained that with PMVIS, the emission testing fee tripled to P1,500 from P500, and that vehicle registration fee may now cost up to P3,000.

Operators of PMVIS said they would charge only P600 during the coronavirus pandemic, Roque said.

“Alinsunod sa panawagan ng ating Presidente, ang mga may ari ng private motor vehicle inspection centers na nagsabi na kapareho lamang ang sisingilin nila na P600. Kapareho po ‘yan ng mga emission test centers bagamat ang serbisyo na ibibigay nila ay 73 roadworthy inspection check points,” he said. 

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