Well, looks like private motorists will have to pay quite a bit just to have their vehicles scrutineered at Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs).

The damage? Owners will pay PhP 1800 to have their vehicles (GVW 4500 kilograms and below) checked for roadworthiness at PMVICS.

That was what The Land Transportation Office (LTO) outlined in the newly-issued Memorandum Circular NO.2018-2158, which sets the guidelines for the authorization of private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC). These upcoming PMVICs located in different regions of the country will then help the LTO in implementing the previously announced mandatory testing of old vehicles for roadworthiness.

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The cause for concern, however, is that the basic amount for the initial inspection could almost double the registration fees that most motor vehicle owners already have to pay. Moreover, A re-inspection fee of Php 900 will be collected when a motor vehicle fails the first inspection.

For motorcycles and tricycles, riders/operators will be charged Php 600 and a Php 300 re-inspection fee if needed.

The LTO's latest memorandum also states that they will be authorizing a total of 138 PMVICs located all over the country. To be specific, 68 of these PMVICs will be located in the NCR, while the other 70 can be found in the rest of the 15 regions. These PMVICs must also meet a number of requirements in order to be authorized.

The other guidelines set by LTO include the stipulation that a PMVIC must have a minimum of two Light Vehicle lanes and two Motorcycle lanes for testing along with a complete list of inspection equipment for the headlights, brakes, speedometer, and tailpipe emissions. Inspection technicians who will be operating the test equipment must also have a minimum of NC II TESDA Automotive Servicing Certification.

As for the testing procedure, it mentions that the full inspection of each vehicle must be completed in 30 minutes. If the vehicle centers are open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, that means they are only legally mandated to have a capacity of 36 vehicles and 36 motorcycles/tricycles a day.

Meanwhile, CCTVs must cover the entire process of the testing with one camera capturing the number plate of the vehicle in testing. The PMVIC must also be fully automated and capable of being interconnected with the LTO IT system, with all test results recorded and uploaded automatically. Manual encoding and editing of results are prohibited.