The Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP) wants motorists to know that, no, private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) aren’t out to make a quick buck out of vehicles with minor issues.
During an online press conference, VICOAP president Inigo Larrazabal addressed concerns brought up regarding PMVIC retesting fees. According to the group, which is made up of the country’s PMVIC operators, the vehicle testing guidelines approved by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) permit them to collect these fees.
Vehicle testing guidelines state PMVICs can charge retesting fees
“First and foremost, it is in our guidelines approved by the DOTr and the LTO that we are allowed to collect retesting fees,” Larrazabal said, adding that some PMVICs offer free re-inspection.
“Every time po na nag-test kami ng sasakyan, may actual cost po na nangyayari. Siyempre nagpapasuweldo tayo, may kuryente na ginagamit. Ang pinakamataas na cost namin, kuryente. So pag bumagsak po kayo, kailangan niyo umulit po ng test, assuming na pinagawa mo ang sasakyan mo.”
Pre-inspection helps avoid unnecessary testing
Larazabal explained, however, that PMVICs will not test a car and charge its owner if personnel already observe that a vehicle will not pass upon pre-inspection: “Pagdating pa lang ng sasakyan, we give them a pre-inspection. Kung ano yung pwede sa visual lang po. Tsine-check din natin yan. Madami po yan: May ilaw ka, may signal lights ka, umaandar ba ang brake lights mo, yung mga pintuan mo, nabubuksan at nasasara ba? Those are part of our checks. Pag pumasok at nagbayad ka at sa tingin namin babagsak kayo, hindi po namin pinapatuloy.
“We give you the option to please have your vehicle repaired first before coming back. And true enough, a lot are appreciative of that. Ang dami na nahuhuli na konti lang naman ang sira,” Larazabal said, referring to this practice as “free advice.”
Basically, if PMVIC inspectors see that your ride won’t pass the test as soon as it rolls into their facility, you’ll be advised on what issues you need to address free of charge so you can have them fixed and return for the actual test.
Sound reasonable enough, right? We just hope all members of VICOAP adhere to this practice. Have you experienced this kind of treatment at a PMVIC?