Poe hits LTO over mere Viber directive suspending mandatory vehicle inspection by PMVICs

Poe hits LTO over mere Viber directive suspending mandatory vehicle inspection by PMVICs

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Sen. Grace Poe called out the indecorum of the Land
Transportation Office (LTO) who failed to issue a formal memorandum
that inspection by Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs)
remains optional and not mandatory, resulting in confusion and chaos
among motorists in the different regions.

“That’s very unprofessional. Ano ba naman ‘yung isang page na ipa-type
ninyo, ipa-press release na ninyo kung hindi niyo mapaabot o ma-email
sa mga regional directors ninyo,” said Poe who asked the LTO to
release the said memo within the day.

At the Senate finance subcommittee meeting on the Department of
Transportation (DOTr) budget, Poe questioned the priority of LTO—if
it’s really bent on ensuring the roadworthiness of vehicles or it’s
just, in fact, helping line other people’s pockets with its disregard
for due process.

“Talagang importante ang roadworthiness. Pero kung ipagpipilitan nila
‘yung PMVIC ngayon, the very least they can do is increase the number
of operational PMVICs by opening the bidding and making the process
transparent. Hindi ‘yung parang nagulat na lang tayo na may mga
may-ari na,” said Poe.

The senator referred to the questionable bidding of the PMVICs that
didn’t go through due process normally required of a public-private
partnership.

While there are currently 808 Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs)
nationwide, only 72 PMVICs are in operation out of the 114 that have
been granted a provisional authority to operate.

Poe described the PMVICs as a big mall compared to PETCs that are like
sari-sari stores which are less modernized but meet minimum standards.

“Parang ang nangyayari ngayon, sinasabi na doon lang kayo mamalengke
sa malalaking mall. Papaano naman ako na nakatira sa baryo na ang
pinakamalapit lang sa akin ay sari-sari store? Papupuntahin niyo ako
sa bayan na malayo para lang mamalengke kahit na pwede naman dito,”
Poe explained.

The senator asked for the intervention of DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade who
himself admitted that there is a lapse in communication within the
agency and agreed with Poe that PMVICs should not be mandatory and
motorists should have the freedom to exercise their option.

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