No more fixers? A machine might check our car's emissions soon

Less 'human error' to worry about
by Jason Tulio | Sep 4, 2017

The emission test is a standard part of car registration in the Philippines. But as anyone who has ever had jeepney smoke belched on their face or windshield will tell you, it's not exactly a perfect process. Recently, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) to develop an intelligent transport system for Metro Manila.

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According to DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade, part of this agreement could potentially include the use of machines to check your vehicle's roadworthiness. Yes, that might also mean that emission testing will go digital.

"Yung motor inspection, diba yung roadworthiness, kukuha ho tayo ng machine na tinatawag na 'motor vehicle inspection machine.' Yun ho ang mag-determine kung roadworthy ang sasakyan mo. Hindi na empleyado ng LTO, LTFRB, o DOTr. Yun ho yung mga pag-aaralan at ilalagay," Tugade said. 

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While nothing is set in stone yet regarding these machines, we like the idea of eliminating the lagay human part of vehicle inspections. Tugade says that the test will benefit classic car owners who want to prove their vehicle's true roadworthiness. He also mentioned that the machines will be used on jeepneys, trucks, and buses. 

Are you guys in favor of this plan? Sound off in the comments. 

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