The Senate isn't happy with the LTO right now. After calling the MVIS (Motor Vehicle Inspection System) an 'imperfect system', they have another question for the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Why private vehicles first?
That was the point raised by Senate Grace Poe during the hearing. Not only that, she straight-up asked LTO assistant secretary Edgar Galvante, “why did you prioritize private vehicles?”. DOTr assistant secretary, Giovanni Lopez, responded to that question. He explained that the procurement of the equipment needed failed. Because of that, they relied on private investors to go ahead with PMVIC.
Lopez later said that PUVs were supposed to go first before private vehicles. But since bidding for the equipment had failed, they couldn't go with the initial plan. That said, the LTO jumped straight to the second phase, which is private vehicle testing. The funds used for bidding came from the controversial (and recently abolished) Road Board. Lopez said the money used for failed bidding was reverted to the National Treasury.
But what displeased Senator Poe further was Asec. Lopez's other explanation. He said they need to study private motor vehicles first so that they could adjust and lower the standards to be set for passenger-carrying PUVs. “So, what you are saying now is that it is great for us to prioritize private vehicles so that we can find a way to be easier for public vehicles? It seems very flawed to me,” quipped the Senator.
With that, the Senate concluded that the implementation of the PMVIC is flawed and even recommended the suspension of MVIS and PMVICs. The committee also mentioned the numerous complaints of private motorists regarding the testing process itself. Another issue pointed out by senators was the timing of implementation, stating its timing 'could not have been worse.'. Not only that, the fees implemented by the LTO and DOTr were not coursed through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
With that many problems that need addressing, will the LTO and DOTr heed to the Senate's call for its suspension? They should have an answer sooner than later.