The LTO is determined to make the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) standard in the country. As a result, motor vehicle emission centers (MVICs) will soon replace private emission testing centers (PETCS). But in case your area doesn't have any PMVICs available, you can still get your vehicle tested at emission centers.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), together with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), clarified that certification from PETCs is still valid in places with no access to PMVICs. That way, motorists that need to renew their motor vehicle registration can do so without having to wait for a PMVIC to be available in their area.

Sa mga wala pang PMVIC, nire-recognize pa rin namin ang accredited PETCs. Even with the visual and ocular inspection, hopefully makita ang diprensya para makita kung kailangan na ipaayos ang sasakyan,” said, Edgar Galvante, LTO Chief Assisstant Secretary

[For those with no access to PMVICs, we still recognize accredited PETCs. Even with the visual and ocular inspection, we hope problems with vehicles will still be identified and addressed]

According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport Steve Pastor, there are currently 24 operational PMVICs. Included in the list are the government-operated centers - Angeles City, Pampanga; Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Pamplona, Camarines Sur; San Fernando, La Union; Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Otis, Manila; UN Avenue, Manila; Taguig City; San Pedro, Laguna; Pili, Camarines Sur; Ormoc City; Roxas City; Danao City; Mandaue City; Dasmarinas, Cavite; Mandaue, Cebu; Dagupan City; Valenzuela City; Calapan City; Carcar City, Cebu; Daet, Camarines Norte; Tacloban City; Sorsogon City; and Dumaguete City.

LTO: Areas with no MVICs need only emissions test image

More PMVICs will be put up as the DOTr and LTO have identified 138 sites to build MVICs. 115 of these sites have already been awarded to project proponents, while 23 sites are now subject to reopening, or re-evaluation. To ensure that there will be enough MVICs to test all motor vehicles in the future, Pastor added that the DOTr and LTO plan to add 200 more MVIC sites.

Galvante reiterated that while PETCs will allow motorists to renew their registrations, it can only do ocular and inspection tests on vehicle emissions. Meanwhile, the MVICs can do 70 tests that are meant to ensure the safety of vehicles older than 15 years.

Hindi po nagagawa [ng PETCs] ang pag-check ng preno, ilaw, alignment ng gulong at iba pa para ma-pronounce na safe ang sasakyan. Ang MVIC kumpleto,” said Galvante.

[PETCs can’t check brakes, lights, wheel alignment, and many more to pronounce the safety of a vehicle. MVIC is complete]

So in case you still haven't renewed your vehicle's registration, you can still go to the nearest PETC to do an emissions test if there is no MVIC near you.