10 Reasons motorcycles fail the LTO’s new Motor Vehicle Inspection System test

Read this if you don’t want to spend extra on the retesting fee
by Aris Ilagan | Jan 18, 2021
PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

Are you aware that a number of private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs) have begun operating in various parts of the country? Under the new Motor Vehicle Inspection System, these PMVICs will replace private emission testing centers (PETCs) in assessing the roadworthiness of vehicles that are up for registration.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are ramping up the process of activating PMVICs, which has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As more of these facilities open, the PETCs in the locality will then be shut down.

In case you didn’t know, the testing fee at PMVICs are as follows: P1,500 for light vehicles, P600 for motorcycles and tricycles, and P300 for jeepneys. Should your vehicle fail the 60-point testing procedure, you can have the specific issues fixed and try again another day, but the following re-inspection fees apply: P750 for light vehicles, P300 for motorcycles and tricycles, and P150 for jeepneys.

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According to the PMVIC technicians we’ve spoken with, these are 10 of the most common reasons motorcycles fail the new MVIS test. Read the list carefully and prep your bike before scheduling a PMVIC appointment so as not to waste your money.

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1) Damaged lighting units

The MVIS test starts off with a visual inspection. If the technician sees cracks on your motorcycle’s headlights, taillights, or turn indicators, you can be sure that your ride will fail the assessment.

2) Worn-out of expired tires

Tires out of thread? Replace them first before setting an appointment for MVIS testing. Also, check the tires’ date of manufacture—if it’s older than five years, the LTO considers the tires past their usable life.

3) Faulty brakes

Remember, PMVICs are equipped with various diagnostic machines that can quickly assess the condition of vehicles being tested. Among these are automated roller brake testers that can determine if your bike has sufficient braking capabilities.

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4) Dim headlights

The automatic headlight tester will be able to determine not just the luminous intensity of your motorcycle’s headlight, but also if it’s positioned correctly. Take note the photometric axis or optical axis deviations and the luminous intensities prescribed by the LTO.

5) Loud exhaust systems

To those out there who have installed racing exhausts on their motorcycles, your ride will fail the test if its exhaust note is louder than 99dB at 2,000-2,500rpm.

6) Excessive emissions

The LTO has also prescribed standard emissions levels based on engine type—gasoline or diesel—and year model. You should look into this as well before heading to a PMVIC.

7) Worn-out suspension

Old shock absorbers affect your motorcycle’s ride and handling, and compromise your safety. Make sure this and other suspension components are still in good condition, and replace any parts that are already worn out.

8) Oil and fluid leaks

Traces of oil and fluid leaks—in the fuel line, the transmission, the braking system, and so on—will catch the eye of PMVIC technicians. Fix what’s causing them before your MVIS test.

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9) Inaccurate speedometer

Are you sure your bike’s speedometer is showing correct readings? Better get this checked beforehand, too.

10) Incomplete or missing LTO registration documents

Aside from checking your vehicle’s original receipt (OR) and certificate of registration (CR), PMVIC technicians also use RFID scanners to read your vehicle’s LTO sticker (if it has one) and check if it’s included in the agency’s database. Learn more about the sequence of MVIS testing at PMVIC centers here.

One final note: PMVICs are equipped with numerous CCTV cameras as part of the LTO’s requirements. You probably already know what we mean by this. Good luck!

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. It has been translated to English by TopGear.com.ph editors. Minor edits have been made.

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