The implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is underway. That means motorists that need to renew their vehicle registration will proceed to a local Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (PMVIC) to have their vehicle undergo a full roadworthiness and safety check. Components and systems like the primary and secondary lights, horn, suspension, steering play, braking, so on and so forth will be tested by the PMVICs.
Yesterday, however, a post on social media sparked quite a bit of outrage amongst motor vehicle owners. The post claims that an unmodified Toyota Land Cruiser 200 in Nueva Ecija failed its MVIS because the sound level of the exhaust exceeded the 99-decibel limit. And we're not talking about going over a little bit; the MVISR or Motor Vehicle Inspection Report indicates that the vehicle exceeded 650 decibels or more than 6.5 times the limit.
Basically, if you were in the vicinity of a sound that was 650+ decibels, everyone in the area would likely end up being deaf. Gunshots, for instance, are about 140 decibels.
We've already reached out to the vehicle owner via a contact in Cabanatuan City for their story; we're just waiting on a response from the owner. We reached out to our contacts in the PMVIC business for comment on the matter, and we got a response right away.
There is actually a group of PMVICs called the Vehicle Inspection Center Association Philippines or VICOAP; no, there is no connection to the popular mayor. In this group, they talk about issues and the implementation of the MVIS by the LTO. Specifically, they check on each other to share best practices in this new industry and to discuss potential problems that could affect PMVICs as a whole. And as you can expect, many of the other PMVICs are up in arms over this issue that broke out yesterday.
The PMVIC in question is the one based in Cabanatuan City: Five S Inspection Center, Incorporated. In the wake of the issue and the prodding of many of the VICOAP members, we got an explanation and a copy of the retest.
According to our source, the claim is that during the test, there was a "misreading" which they say can happen in certain circumstances. There are no exact specifics as to what happened that affected the reading, but what the PMVIC in question did do was that they retested the Land Cruiser right away.
In the retest (which was free of charge), the vehicle passed.
The PMVIC reported that the case was an isolated one and that they had reported the incident to the machine provider. There was concern over the manner in which the supposed failed MVISR was published on social media.
The test center also forwarded the retest of the Land Cruiser in question which happened soon after the erroneous 650+ decibel result. The retest showed that it had passed at 79.6 decibels.
Hopefully, the PMVICs can figure out all the bugs with their respective systems to avoid issues such as this one in the future. As the MVIS rolls out in other regions, we expect more problems, bugs, and glitches to emerge as vehicles are checked for roadworthiness.
There is another matter of a Subaru that was tested and had its all-wheel-drive system damaged, and we'll update you on developments on that front.