It looks like the LTO's push for the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) is being met with dissatisfaction. Recently, the City of San Fernando in La Union has passed a resolution suspending operations of the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (PMVIC).

In a session held by Vice Mayor Alf Ortega, all members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of San Fernando unanimously approved the resolution's passing. The SP's Committee on Transportation and Traffic Management met with a representative from the LTO to address concerns and issues regarding the PMVIC.

The move to suspend PMVIC operations were made on the following grounds:

- The inspection and re-inspection fees for motor vehicles set by the PMVICs add to the heavy burden already being experienced by everyone on account of the prevailing health emergency.

- The PMVIC based in the city has violated Section 19 of the LTO Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2158, which provides that the complaints and feedback of customers should be monitored and analyzed, and the contents of the LTO’s Quality Management Procedure Manual should be observed in Handling Client’s complaints related to the implementation of the motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS).

- The General Welfare clause of Republic Act No. 7160 (Local Government Code), states that the concerned officials and personnel of the City Government need time to check and observe the facilities’ operations and personnel of PMVIC to ensure that they are able and ready to efficiently deliver the service that owners of private vehicles deserve and pay for.

With continuous PMVIC-related issues popping up, it's no surprise that the City of Fernando took notice. Just last week, a Toyota Land Cruiser failed a noise test in Cabanatuan after it initially tested 655.2 decibels due to an error. The vehicle was retested immediately and passed after it registered 79.6 decibels.

There was also the issue of some PMVIC technicians not being familiar with how four-wheel-drive (4WD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems work. Should a PMVIC run a vehicle with full-time 4WD or AWD on its rolling road without idle rollers, odds are the system will break. Full-time 4WD and AWD vehicles require all four wheels to run at the same time. Otherwise, the center differential will break.

With the City of San Fernando moving to suspend PMVIC operations, does this mean other cities and municipalities will do the same?