You know how a lot of motorists are going online to call private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) a scam? Well, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has noticed something shady is going on, all right—just not in the way some of you might expect.
In a statement posted on social media, the DOTr and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) warned PMVIC operators and applicants to be wary of “fraudulent and unlawful schemes to solicit funds” and individuals who have a penchant for name-dropping government officials.
A notice to the public
The agency is encouraging anyone who encounters such unscrupulous personalities to refrain from engaging with them and to report them to the proper authorities. Look:
“We wish to inform and warn the public that the DOTr and LTO have not authorized any person, groups of persons, or even the DOTr-LTO personnel to solicit money or other things of value from the public, particularly from PMVIC applicants/operators, in exchange for alleged benefit or favor, or for any other cause and purpose, for that matter,” the DOTr said.
“These solicitations are fraudulent, unauthorized, illegal, and absolutely prohibited. The DOTr and LTO condemn these activities in no uncertain terms, and categorically deny any involvement or participation in said schemes.”
Huh. For a second there, we thought the agency was finally going to address the numerous controversies surrounding PMVIC testing procedures—including alleged mishandling of vehicles, inaccurate test results, and faulty equipment—but we guess this isn’t the case. When do you think the DOTr and the LTO will finally speak up regarding this issue?