Motorists will have more choices to have their vehicles checked by Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs).
The Department of Transporation's (DOTr) Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Authorization Committee (AC), as well as the Land Transportation Office (LTO), recently granted Authorization Certificates to five new PMVICs. All five PMVICs are part of the Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP) and will provide quality and accessible service to motorists.
The five new PMVICs are:
1. MVIC Bacolod by Cimatech – Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
2. CHECK Motor Vehicle Inspection – Lubao, Pampanga
3. Tagbilaran Vehicle Inspection Center – Tagbilaran City, Bohol
4. Blue Circle Motor Vehicle Inspection – Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte
5. Sta. Clara – Meycauyan, Bulacan
“We welcome the issuance of the certificates to five of our members. The more PMVIC facilities, especially in the regions, the more convenient, comfortable, and accessible for vehicle owners to make sure that their vehicles are in top condition prior to registration," said Inigo Larrazabal, president of VICOAP.
Larrazabal added that these new PMVICs are equipped with the latest machines that ensure all vehicles are inspected accurately, and reliably. More importantly, the new PMVICs will provide valid roadworthiness evaluation results for the same fee as that of an emission test center.
“We, the PMVIC owners, are committed to keeping our Filipinos safe on the road. As advocates of road safety, we believe that roadworthiness is the key to saving more Filipino lives along our country's streets. We are helping the government and our clients during this pandemic by lowering our fees while still checking the 73-item points, a global best practice,” added Larrazabal.
The PMVICs in Negros, Pampanga, and Bohol are now open to the public. Meanwhile, the facilities in Lanao Del Norte and Bulacan will follow suit this April.
Originally, the MVIC was supposed to be mandatory for vehicle registration as it will essentially replace Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs). However, Malacanan announced last February 2021 that it is no longer mandatory when motorists complained of its expensive testing fees, and inconsistent results. In addition, areas that don't have MVICs yet need only to undergo emissions tests.