In a virtual press briefing, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Giovani Lopez said that the fees on the new Motor Vehicle Inspection will be reduced.
The decision to bring down the fees was made after DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade spoke with the owners of the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVIC).
Vehicle owners are now required to pay Php 600 instead of Php 1,800 for the inspection fee. On the other hand, motorcycle owners are required to pay Php 500 while the rate is still at Php 300 for jeepney owners.
The DOTr also said that PMVICs will no longer impose a re-inspection fee provided that the initial test was conducted within one year. The new rates will be effective immediately, according to DOTr Asec. Lopez.
New Motor Vehicle Inspection System
Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP) president Iñigo Larrazabal supports the new inspection fee. Larrazabal also said that inspection fees are now similar to the rates of the accredited Private Emission Testing Centers (PETC). As such, the VICOAP president is encouraging motorists to try and give the new MVIS a chance to ensure better road safety.
Clean Air Movement Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), a non-government organization, acknowledges the importance of the PMVICs in regard to road safety. However, despite the lower inspection fees, CAMPI is urging congress to sponsor a bill that would subsidize motorists who will avail of the services of the PMVICs during this time of the pandemic.
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On the other hand, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered that the new MVIS is no longer mandatory. This was confirmed by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque during a Palace briefing. Roque said, “Hindi na po mandatory ang MVIS” (The MVIS will no longer be mandatory).
With that in mind, motorists now have a choice whether to have their vehicles checked through the new MVIS or through the old PETC system. When asked during the online press briefing, DOTr Asec. Lopez said that the agency will follow the orders mandated by the president.
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