DOTr: Actual vehicle inspection still required for registration renewal

Updated Mar 09, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Consumer Reports

The agency clarified that this has always been the case.

Following complaints of high costs and irregularities, apart from a Senate investigation, the government ruled that privatized motor vehicle inspection was not a requirement in the meantime. Car owners can choose between that and the usual emissions testing, even as both already come with the same low fees.

Cars at PMVIC

Motorists can choose between private vehicle inspection centers and emissions testing centers

Does this mean technicians won’t be poking around your car? Not so fast, says the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The agency clarified that should motorists choose to bring their vehicle to emissions testing centers, it will still need to undergo a physical evaluation.

This was cited in Section 2.b of the DOTr’s Memorandum Circular 2021-01, which stipulates that it shall be mandatory for all motor vehicles to undergo visual inspection for roadworthiness and safety.

According to DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran, the visual inspection has always been a requirement, long before the private motor vehicle testing centers (PMVIC) came into effect. “Allow me, please, to clarify na matagal nang may visual inspection ha. Even prior to the PMVIC issue,” she said.

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PMVIC technician
The DOTr says visual checks have always been part of the registration renewal process

Libiran explained that the confusion stemmed from motorists equating the motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS) with the PMVIC, and when the latter no longer became a requirement, the public assumed that the visual inspection under the MVIS also became optional. 

Ang dating process kasi, once makapasa ka sa PETC (private emissions testing center), you bring your certificate with you to the LTO (Land Transportation Office) MVIS facility. Once you go to the facility, your vehicle will be subjected to visual inspection,” she remarked.

(In the old process, once you've passed the PETC, you bring your certificate with you to the LTO MVIS facility. Once you go to the facility, your vehicle will be subjected to visual inspection) 

Some motorists would go straight to the LTO MVIS facility for both emissions and visual inspection. Libiran noted that the evaluation is visual in nature because there were previously no machines available to conduct the necessary tests.  

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Cars in traffic

All motor vehicles are required to go through the inspection prior to the renewal

Sa PMVIC lang ngayon, pwede ka mag-undergo ng complete roadworthiness test (73 points), including visual inspection, emission testing, and all other tests requiring the use of machines,” she concluded.

(With the current PMVIC, you can undergo a complete roadworthiness test including visual inspection, emission testing, and all other tests requiring the use of machine) 

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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