For the first time since the new Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) drew public criticism, the Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP) has come out in the open to air its side.
VICOAP president Iñigo Larrazabal defended the existing testing fees charged by private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs)—P1,800 for light vehicles and P600 for motorcycles—saying that they cover a 60-point vehicle roadworthiness check, which is a far cry from the old emissions testing.
“If you do the math, that comes to around P4 a day [for light vehicles]. And for motorcycles, it comes out P1.80 per day. I think this a very good marking for our safety. We cannot put a price on human lives,” said Larrazabal.
“It is not an apples-to-apples comparison,” he added, referring to private emission testing centers. The VICOAP head explained that each PMVIC owner has invested P50-P60 million to import the necessary testing equipment as well as to construct the facility. He did not give a definite reply on the return-of-investment issue for PMVIC owners, but instead delved into the importance of road safety for everyone.
Asked about the possibility of PMVICs lowering the testing fees, Larrazabal replied:“For our program to be sustainable, hindi na po pwedeng babaan kasi we have to assure the quality of our service.”
He stressed that corruption will be minimized if not totally eradicated under the MVIS because there is less human intervention involved in the process. His group also appealed to motorists to give the new system a chance in order to promote road safety in the country.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.