Last week, motorists rejoiced after President Rodrigo Duterte, through Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, said MVIS was no longer mandatory for registration. However, they did not announce whether it would be suspended or would the plan be scrapped. The latter was unlikely considering the Department of Transporation (DOTr) and Land Transporation Office (LTO) already have several PMVICs put up by private entities.
Now, the Malacañang wants to clear things up.
Roque announced during a recent press briefing that motorists still have to secure either a certificate from emission testing centers or PMVICs for vehicle registration.
“Bagama’t ang Pangulo po ay nagsabi na hindi dapat ipatupad ang motor vehicle inspection, kinakailangan pa rin po na mag-submit ng either ‘yung emission clearance or MVIS. Dalawa po ‘yang pupuwede ninyong isumite, yung emission na dati na po yan or MVIS. Hindi pupuwede na wala ang pareho,” said Roque.
(While the President has decided not to make motor vehicle inspection mandatory, motorists are still required to submit either emission clearance or MVIS. You could submit either of the two, the emission clearance or the MVIS. However, you must present at least one.)
So if you're wondering why PMVICs across the country are still around, there you go. Also, just because the President said MVIS isn't mandatory doesn't mean you can just walk up to an LTO office and have your vehicle's registration renewed on the spot. At the very least, you need to bring a copy of your vehicle's emissions test. A certificate from the PMVIC is optional.
At least now, motorists are not forced to go to PMIVCs. Instead, they can settle for emissions testing centers, just like before. However, you can still go to one if you want. There is no need to worry about the price too. Roque said there was a commitment from PMVIC owners to lower their testing fee to PHP 600 from the initial PHP 1,800.
The question now is this: Will motorists still go to PMVICs since it's no longer required? And will you get your car inspected, or settle for the emissions test?