The commotion surrounding the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) Motor Vehicle Inspection System and the new private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) has died down a bit over the past month or so, but it appears the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is continuing its crackdown on erring private emission testing centers (PETCs).
Through the agency’s Investigation Security and Law Enforcement Staff, it has suspended six different PETCs that have been caught falsifying emission test results. The erring testing centers are as follows:
- JAL Emission Testing Center-Roxas - Datiles Street, Barangay Tiza, Roxas City, Capiz
- JPV Motor Vehicle Emission Testing Center-Capiz - Taft Street, Poblacion, Dumalag, Capiz
- JPV Motor Vehicle Emission Testing Center-Roxas City - Hermingway Street, Barangay Tiza, Roxas City, Capiz
- AJM Emission Testing Center - MacArthur Highway, Sto. Domingo, Angeles City, Pampanga
- Thessan Emission Testing Center - San Roque, Iriga City, Camarines Sur
The suspension order was officially issued on April 7, 2021 and will be effective for 90 days. The order was also served to the PETCs’ corresponding IT service providers, who will also receive the same sanctions if they continue to process data from the suspended PETCs. You can check out the DOTr’s official announcement below:
For those still confused about the LTO’s new system, take note that for now, car owners only need to bring their vehicles to either a PMVIC or PETC, not both. However, you should also keep in mind that regardless of which testing center you choose, your car must still undergo a visual inspection before it can be registered.
Also, due to the office closures under this modified enhanced community quarantine period in Greater Manila, the LTO has recently extended the registration validity of motor vehicles with plate numbers ending in 3 and 4. Be advised, readers, and watch this space for further updates.