Is now not the best time to introduce PMVIC requirement?

The motoring public isn’t too happy about the return of Motor Vehicle Inspection Systems (MVIS) and the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs).

Despite it being legal, per the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Office (LTO), it seems the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) also has something to say about MVIS and PMVICs return.

In a statement, the APP says it reaffirms its position that MVIS should be optional instead of being a requirement from the LTO, while the country is still under quarantine due to the ongoing pandemic. The APP’s statement comes a few days following the passing of the new LTO memorandum dated July 5, 2021.

“An effective PMVIS can help reduce the number of road crashes caused by defects or mechanical problems of a vehicle. With the equipment of government facilities being inadequate and obsolete, APP understands the LTO’s move to tap partners in the private sector and establish PMVICs to assess and certify the roadworthiness of vehicles,” said Gus Lagman, AAP president.

MVIS should be optional during pandemic, questions transparency and prices image

The AAP also raised a few points regarding MVIS, such as the lack of transparency on how private companies were screened, chosen to set up and operate a PMIVC. However, the organization is not totally against MVIS and PMVICs. According to Lagman, MVIS should resume operation once the economy recovers and the pandemic passes provided that prices remain fair.

“AAP believes that when the economy recovers, the MVIS should be resumed, provided that the PMVICs will be operated efficiently and will price their services reasonably. This should be preceded by an effective communication plan that drives home the importance of having one’s car professionally checked before renewing its LTO registration. The result would be safer mobility for all road users,” added Lagman.

It’s great to see that the AAP is standing up for motorists, and they do have some good points regarding the issue such as delaying its implementation. Not only will doing so make it easier for motorists but also prevent any outbreaks from happening at the inspection center. But maybe they should also look at how much they charge for international driving permits first.