Just this week, the Senate is pushing for the suspension of the implementation of PMVICs, but it seems that the Department of Transport (DOTr) wants to push through with it. That's because DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade appealed to PMVIC operators to lower fees and suspend re-inspection collection for one year.
This comes after the Senate grilled both the LTO and DOTr regarding the whole matter. Secretary Tugade said PMVICs should lower their fees to the same rates being offered by Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs). At the moment, emissions testing ranges from PHP 500 to PHP 800. Should they push through with that plan, it will be two to three times less than the current rate of PHP 1,800.
“With this, we are not sacrificing the more stringent process of ensuring vehicles are checked for roadworthiness prior to registration. But we are also avoiding putting additional burdens on motorists,” said Secretary Tugade.
According to Tugade, Malacañan Palace said that they (The DOTr) must strike a balance between public safety and considering the difficulties of the current situation. He added that he is one with the administration who's goal is to implement this system. So, does this mean they won't heed the Senate's call to suspend its implementation? With the language used in their official statement, probably not. If the Senate wants their way, they will file a temporary restraining order (TRO) to the DOTr and LTO to stop them.
But either way, MVIS will become part of annual vehicle registration whether the government pushes back its implementing date or not. However, there are still several issues that need addressing. The Senate Blue Ribbon mentioned the numerous complaints of private motorists regarding the testing process itself. There's also the matter of the LTO and DOTr jumping straight to the second phase by testing private vehicles first instead of PUVs.
Another issue pointed out by senators was the timing of implementation, stating its timing 'could not have been worse.' given the current economic situation. Not only that, the fees implemented by the LTO and DOTr were not coursed through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).