San Fernando City in La Union moves to suspend local PMVIC operations

A sign of things to come?
by Drei Laurel | Jan 26, 2021
PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

One local government is finally putting its foot down on the private motor vehicle inspection center (PMVIC) debacle.

In a Facebook post, the San Fernando City, La Union Council announced that it has moved to suspend local PMVIC operations. This development comes following dialogue between local government officials and representatives of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). Look:

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Grounds for suspension

A resolution suspending San Fernando PMVIC operations has already been passed unanimously by members of the city council. In a statement released on the Sangguniang PanlungsodCity of San Fernando, La Union Facebook page, the local government cited the following reasons as grounds for the suspension:

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  1. “The inspection and re-inspection fees for motor vehicles set by the PMVICs add to the heavy burden already being experienced by everyone on account of the prevailing health emergency.”
  2. “The PMVIC based in the city has violated Section 19 of the LTO Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2158, which provides that the complaints and feedback of customers should be monitored and analyzed, and the contents of the LTO’s Quality Management Procedure Manual should be observed in Handling Client’s complaints related to the implementation of the motor vehicle inspection system (MVIS).”
  3. “The General Welfare clause of Republic Act No. 7160 (Local Government Code), states that the concerned officials and personnel of the City Government need time to check and observe the facilities’ operations and personnel of PMVIC to ensure that they are able and ready to efficiently deliver the service that owners of private vehicles deserve and pay for.”
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This is a developing story, so stay tuned for more updates.

The quality of PMVIC roadworthiness testing procedures first came into question after a Pampanga-based businessman’s 2011 BMW Z4 failed to pass despite casa mechanics not finding anything wrong with his vehicle. Since then, numerous complaints have surfaced, including alleged instances of mechanical damage resulting from improper handling of vehicles to faulty equipment.

Safe to say PMVICs are about to undergo a whole lot more public scrutiny in the coming months. Have you visited one yet? Let us know what your experience was like in the comments.

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