LTO’s new vehicle inspection scheme causes public unrest

Updated Jan 28, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Consumer Reports

Lack of transparency causes groups to question LTO’s new vehicle inspection system.

The Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) new Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) is causing public unrest due to some lapses and lack of transparency.

Two non-government organizations expressed their concern about the LTO’s new MVIS. In a report by the Manila Times, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Clean Air Movement Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) pointed out the lack of transparency of the new MVIS.

LTO new Motor Vehicle Inspection System

LTO's new Motor Vehicle Inspection System [Photo: DOTr]

VACC and CAMPI are currently drafting a position paper that will be addressed to the Malacañang and the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The two groups seek to stop the LTO from implementing the new MVIS scheme since the agency “never had any single public consultation.”

CAMPI president Larry Pitpit also said that the group is seeking a temporary restraining order to put a halt to the LTO’s new MVIS. Pitpit shared that the LTO’s implementation of the new MVIS has caught vehicle owners by surprise. He added that the new scheme is not timely since the country is still facing challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the other hand, VACC president Arsenio Evangelista clarified that the group is not against the LTO’s new MVIS scheme. However, Evangelista is concerned about the system’s lack of transparency that could lead to corruption. He also pointed out that the LTO should have consulted the public beforehand in regards to the new MVIS.

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LTO new Motor Vehicle Inspection System

LTO-accredited Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers come with technicians to conduct the test

The LTO’s new MVIS intends to make sure that a vehicle is roadworthy before being allowed to have its registration renewed. It includes a comprehensive inspection of at least 60 vehicle components.

The inspection and the test will be conducted by Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVIC) that are accredited by the LTO. The PMVIC will then determine if a certain vehicle passed or failed in the inspection and test. Failing the test simply means that a vehicle will not be eligible for registration renewal. 

LTO new Motor Vehicle Inspection System

LTO's new Motor Vehicle Inspection System

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The LTO-accredited PMVICs will replace private emission testing centers. The LTO said that up to 138 PMVICs will be opened nationwide in line with its new MVIS.

Speaking of which, VACC and CAMPI pointed out that this move will result in disrupting the livelihood of around 25,000 individuals who are working in private emission testing centers.

VACC and CAMPI reportedly said that several PMVIC inspection sites have been awarded to “private operators, mostly politicians and former and current ranking government officials.”

Of note, vehicle owners are required to pay Php 1,800 for the inspection fee, and Php 600 for motorcycle owners.

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Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar


Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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