This year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Land Transportation Office (LTO), is set to test old motor vehicles for road worthiness. According to the government agencies, these tests will be performed on both public and private vehicles to ensure their safety during travel.
The DOTr, along with the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC), will be bidding to procure twenty-six mobile Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS). They aim to get the MVIS units by the first quarter of the year. Should the procurement follow through, these units will be deployed simultaneously nationwide.
According to Thomas Orbos, Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport, the MVIS project is crucial in the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). They seek to test vehicles for public transportation with engines that are at least 15 years old. These vehicles will be required to undergo testing and will only be allowed to ply the roads as long as they pass the mechanical inspection. Upon the passing of the inspection, these vehicles will be periodically tested every six months to ensure road worthiness and safety of the riding public.
For now, the DOTr has yet to release guidelines on the vehicle tests for roadworthiness. Test frequency for private vehicles have also yet to be mentioned by the government agencies.
LTO Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz said that while the MVIS units are being procured, the LTO is currently rehabilitating two lanes each at the North Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (MVIC) inside the LTO main office in Quezon City and South Motor Vehicle Inspection Center in Pasay City.