By Vanne Terrazola
Senator Grace Poe on Saturday prodded the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to reconsider its order requiring car owners to pay P1,800 for motor vehicle inspection.
Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, on Saturday warned the agency against the implementation of its Memorandum Circular (MC) 2018-2158 which she believed did not undergo thorough public consultation.
“The LTO should go slow, if not shelve this plan because it will be carried out without listening to the views of the affected motorists and other sectors,” she said in a statement.
LTO’s MC 2018-2158 dated November 28, 2018, spells out the guidelines for the Authorization of Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs).
Under the memo, motorists will have to pay P1,800 for the inspection of vehicles weighing 4,500 kilograms at a private inspection center as a requisite for registration.
A reinspection fee of P900 will be charged if the 4,500-kilo vehicle fails the inspection phase.
Motorcycle and tricycle owners, meanwhile, shall pay P600 for the inspection fee and P300 for the reinspection fee.
The LTO said the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Department Order No. 2018-19 authorized it to issue the said guidelines.
The DOTr earlier said it expects the privatization to take effect in August this year.
But Poe described the policy as “yet another burden” for motorists who are already shelling out money for “exorbitant” traffic fees, and are “reeling from high prices of fuel and other commodities.”
“Over the past years, the list of LTO-imposed new charges or regulations is growing—from car plates, to emailed medical certificates, and then this inspection fee,” Poe lamented.
Last January 28, Poe filed Senate Resolution 1003 calling for a legislative inquiry on the said LTO memo.