Malacañang has just dropped a bombshell of an announcement. Brace yourselves, folks.
During his noontime briefing today, February 11, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered to defer the implementation of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act. The President also said that the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) new Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) should no longer be mandatory.
“Nag-desisyon na po ang ating presidente. Ipinagpaliban po or deferred ang pagpapatupad o implementasyon ng Child Car Seats [law]. Samantala, hindi na po mandatory ang MVIS. Ibig sabihin, kinakailangan wala pong bagong karagdagang singil sa pagpaparehistro ng sasakyan,” said Roque.
There have been numerous complaints about the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act as well as the rollout of the new MVIS from the motoring public. As a matter of fact, legislators have been calling for the deferment of both of these new policies.
Unfortunately, Roque didn’t elaborate further on the matter. This means we’ll have to wait for an official statement from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTO especially regarding MVIS issue, because in the DOTr’s latest statement, it only said it would be pushing for lower inspection fees. This is a developing story, so watch this space for more updates.