During a virtual presser held today by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Land Transportation Office (LTO) released the new prices for the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) for all light vehicles (i.e. passenger cars, SUVs, vans, pick-ups, etc.), motorcycles, and yes even public utility jeepneys (PUJs).
For passenger cars, the fee to be paid at the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (PMVIC) has been lowered from PHP 1,800 (VAT inclusive) to PHP 1,680 (VAT inclusive). So before VAT, the fee is PHP 1,500 for light vehicles.
For motorcycles, the new fee to be paid at the PMVIC is PHP 600. After VAT, the total is now PHP 672.
After much confusion regarding jeepneys and MVIS, it was confirmed that PUJs will be inspected. Yes, according to LTO Chief, Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, PUJs are to be subjected under MVIS upon the renewal of registration.
“Effective na when the registration of PUJs come due, effective na po ito. Isusubject na po sila sa Motor Vehicle Inspection para madetermine ang kanilang roadworthiness,” said Asec. Galvante.
The price has also been updated for PUJs, and it's much less than what a private vehicle and even lower than what a motorcycle would pay.
“Ang presyo para sa jeep -public utility- is PHP 300. Compared to the PHP 1,500 or 1,800 na babayaran ng mga private vehicles, PHP 300 sa kanila. This is already some sort of a subsidy. Nakikipag ugnayan pa rin kami sa mga owners ng MVIC kung pwedeng ioffer ng mas mababa,” said the LTO chief.
After VAT, the price that PUJs would pay is PHP 336.
According to the PMVICs we spoke to, the roadworthiness guidelines to pass MVIS for jeepneys will be the same as private vehicles. The steering, brakes, lights, suspension, engine, transmission, and other vehicle components of the jeepney will be inspected.
Should the vehicle fail, the PUJ can be brought back for retesting once the problems have been fixed. Some PMVIC operators will charge a fee for retesting, but some have opted to forego the retest fees.