Urdaneta TODA and motorists seek the abolishment of the private motor vehicle inspection system (PMVIC).

April Joy S. Fajardo

 

August 23, 2021 – Early today, Urdaneta TODA and motorists from nearby towns come together and hold a peaceful protest in front of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) at bypass road in Barangay Nancayasan, Urdaneta City.

 

The PMVIC wants to privatize and centralize the vehicle inspection program. During the protests, motorists appealed to PMVIC due to the higher cost of the inspection fee, making them the only official site for vehicle emission and testing centers and compelling motorists to modify parts of their vehicle that would best fit their standards and others.

 

The peaceful protest and forum between TODA President Ramon Ramos and a representative of LTO (also known as PMVIC) were moderated by POSO Chief Francisco Serafica, from which both parties amicably hear each other’s opinions and grievances.

 

A similar case arises in the provinces of Bacolod, CamSur and OrientaL Mindoro, wherein both regions urged the suspension of the business permit of PMVIC. Motorists complain and grieve from the high-cost inspection fee. (“At Yung paulit-ulit na pag-fail ng mga sasakyan na Hindi naman maipaliwanag o mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga motorist na kwestyunin ‘Yung resulta,” “Wala siyang grievance mechanism or proper procedure for redress para ma-question Kung Tama ba o legal ba ‘Yung ginawang inspection para bumagsak” – said Oriental Mindoro Governor Humerlito Dolor to ABS-CBN News)

 

With the current health crisis and economic depression that our community is suffering from, and people are under pressure to secure a job and find food to serve their family. Motorists are now restless that despite their efforts of working hard for their family, there will be other expense that is far more than they could afford to spend.

 

Citizens online reacted and showed empathy to motorists as this demonstration by the PMVIC has been abolished by the Senate last February of this year. Thus, raising the question as to why they are suddenly implementing unofficial protocols to motorists.

 

It is undoubtedly untimely and many people would say it lacks study, nonetheless, our motorists are hoping for an optimistic feedback and solution from the Land Transportation Office.