The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has already resumed operations under general community quarantine, but it seems that the backlog caused by the agency’s shutdown has been difficult to manage. Emission testing centers, in particular, have reportedly seen car owners arrive in droves. This has resulted in long lines which, according to Cagayan de Oro 2nd District representative Rufus Rodriguez, lead to violations of social-distancing protocols.
Because of this, the congressman has filed House Resolution No. 1007, which aims to suspend the emission testing requirement for motor vehicle registration until the end of 2020. According to an Inquirer report, Rodriguez cited the “very long lines and unusual delays in the process of registration, especially in emission testing centers” as the reason behind the resolution.
“An example is Cagayan de Oro City where complaints have been piling up because what is happening is that owners of motor vehicles have to line up very early in the morning in order to get a number which they get after lining up for four to five hours and then they wait until their number is called and they will be given an appointment for their emission test which is at least two weeks away,” Rodriguez said.
He added that the temporarily suspending this requirement would allow the Department of Transportation and the LTO to probe the reported irregularities in several private testing centers.
Any thoughts, readers? Do you think something like this would be the right move for the LTO?