A lot has been said about the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS). Judging by the comments, reception towards it hasn't been the warmest. Even the Senate grilled the DOTr and LTO about it, saying that it came in at the wrong time. So far, the mentioned agencies are still pushing for it, but now, the Palace has stepped in.
Through Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the Palace is all for it, stating some figures along the way. So, why the need for MVIS? This is what Roque said.
According to data from the MMDA, there were 394 road fatalities recorded in 2018. Roque added that road traffic accidents rose dramatically over the years. Again, he pulled data from the MMDA and pointed out there were about 63,000 accidents in 2007 compared to nearly 117,000 in 2018. The Spokesperson attributes this to the current status quo of emissions testing and visual inspections as one of the reasons for the rise.
PMVIC owners appealed to the President for a revision of the rules. From there, they laid down two proposals. The first is to set a standard for passing parks from the LTO and DOTr. The second is an inspection report from an accredited PMVIC regardless of the result. PMVIC owners said the second can be waived for areas without these inspection centers. The Palace has since sent these recommendations to the concerned agencies.
Roque also snapped back at the Senate for suggesting to scrap it altogether. He reminded the Senate about the separation of powers among executive, legislative, and judiciary branches.
But back to the Spokesperson's statement. It's worth noting that the statistics presented did not mention the type of accidents. There was no mention if the crash was caused by mechanical failure, impaired driving, or even road conditions. A breakdown of types of accidents could, perhaps, emphasize the need for the new inspection system. Another factor in the rising number is vehicle volume. Auto sales have tripled over the last ten years, and more cars on the road mean more chances of them hitting one another or other objects.
That said, Roque mentioned it can help curb accidents, and to some extent, it is agreeable. More road-worthy vehicles mean fewer accidents caused by mechanical failures. However, that won't solve other kinds of accidents, such as those caused by road conditions, impaired or reckless driving, and others.
The reduction of accidents is the collective duty of the government and the public. Better roads and vehicle conditions also go hand in hand, along with better driver education can curb the rising number of crashes.
But whether you agree or disagree with the government's position, there is one thing we can get on board. That's to make the country a better place to drive in.