Senate questions LTO’s more expensive vehicle inspection fees

Aren’t the fees expensive enough already?
by Drei Laurel | Feb 11, 2019
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Late last year, the Philippine Land Transportation Office (LTO) issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 2018-2158, which set guidelines for private motor vehicle inspection center operations.

Under the MC, vehicles weighing over 4,500kg will be charged an inspection fee of P1,800 and a re-inspection fee (to be charged if the vehicle fails the initial inspection) of P900. Motorcycles, meanwhile, will be charged P600 and P300 for inspection and re-inspection, respectively.

Now, a member of the Philippine Senate is questioning the move, saying the higher fees did not go through public consultation.

Senator Grace Poe recently questioned the LTO, saying the agency should take into consideration the plight of the Filipinos.

“The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) should go slow, if not shelve this plan because it will be carried out without listening to the views of the affected motorists and other sectors,” Poe said.

“Before it imposes new fees, the LTO should first heed the basic traffic rule: Stop. Look. Listen. Puro pasakit na lang sa taumbayan,” Poe added.

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Poe also stressed that the number of new charges and regulations being implemented by the LTO continues to grow: “Over the past years, the list of LTO-imposed new charges or regulations is growing—from car plates, to emailed medical certificates, and then this inspection fee.”

Do you think the LTO and LTFRB are going overboard with the number of fees they’re charging, too? Let us know in the comments.

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