The drama surrounding the newly implemented Department of Transporation's (DOTr) Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) and Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (MVIC) is far from over. Now, it has even reached the Senate; one senator has even called for a probe regarding MVIS and MVICs as motorists are now paying more than double the usual fees for vehicle registration.

Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services, recently filed Senate Resolution No. 634 seeking to probe the implementation of Department Order 2018-019 by the DOTr and Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2158 by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

“The intention behind the law is noble, but the fees following its implementation cannot come at a worse time in the middle of a pandemic where people are barely getting by and now have to add another item in their list of expenses,” said Poe.

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Based on the LTO memorandum, motorists were initially required to pay PHP 1,800 for motor vehicles and PHP 600 for motorcycles (before the recent adjustment). If it fails, vehicles will have to undergo necessary repairs before being allowed to do a re-test. Reinspection fees cost PHP 900, for motor vehicles and PHP 300 for motorcycles. Compared to before, motorists only had to pay around PHP 500 for an emissions test. According to the senator, the additional fees could not have come at a worse time given the economic situation.

Poe notes that the new inspection process at MVICs across the country is more thorough compared to the previous emissions test alone. It uses several machines to check vehicles to ensure they are in proper working order. However, the Senator adds that the shift to MVIS has been accompanied by numerous complaints from motorists across the country.

“It's hard to ignore the accounts from motorists who have experienced glitches in the PMVIC test results that incurred additional costs on their part for reinspection. The unreliability of the test results is problematic and burdensome, to say the least,” Poe stressed.

The senator also noted that the lack of transparency in the selection of the PMVICs has been a concern for some groups as it could “provide an avenue for corruption”.

There's no word yet when the inquiry will begin, but if the senate probe finds no irregularities with the implementation of MVIS and MVICs, hopefully, it would put an end to the issues surrounding it. If there are any issues, then at least they could be addressed.