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July 12, 2021

Guess Who's Back? It's PMVICs

Oh, did you think the Department of Transportation would forget the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection requirement? Nope. While you weren’t paying attention, it’s back.

The DOTr is now requiring that all motor vehicles except Heavy Vehicles (vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight of GVH of 4,500 kilograms or more) be inspected for safety and road worthiness using PMVICs before their registrations can be renewed with the LTO starting Monday, July 26.

DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Service Artemio U. Tuazon Jr. and chair of the PMVIC Steering Committee stressed that the thorough inspection of motor vehicles prior to LTO registration or renewal of registration, is in line with the current thrust of the DOTr to make sure that motor vehicles on the country’s roads remain roadworthy.

Aside from the emission testing as mandated under the Philippine Clean Air Act, vehicles will be also be inspected for roadworthiness at a PMVIC at no extra charge. This is because the emission test is included in the battery of safety and roadworthiness checks to be done by the PMVIC on a motor vehicle.

The DOTr though stressed that passing visual inspection and emissions are the only requirements for registration renewal. All other tests done by the PMVIC are considered as “recommendary” for now.

That said, the LTO has tasked its District Offices and Extension Offices to accept only Motor Vehicle Inspection Reports (MVIR) generated by PMVICs operating within their Geographical Area of Responsibility or GAOR.

For example, if the motorist is transacting with the Pasig LTO District Office, they will only accept MVIRs generated by PMVICs operating within Pasig. In case, there’s an overlap of GAOR, the LTO District Office or Extension Office may accept a report generated by either PMVIC.

However, motorists and vehicle owners are given the option to have their motor vehicles inspected either by the LTO.

Tuazon urges motorists to have their vehicles inspected by PMVICs so as not to crowd LTO branches. Incidents of graft in the registration process will also be prevented as the tests to be done at a PMVIC is recorded on video and all of the test results are sent real-time to the main database of the LTO.

Tuazon said that motorists need not worry about the cost of having their vehicles inspected for roadworthiness by a PMVIC as the cost of the inspection is now the same as the cost of an emission test given by a private emission testing center (PETC).


  1. naku doon na din yan papunta... bakit yung ibang private firm hindi nyo bigyan ng license na mag road worthiness inspection katulad ng Rapide, Goodyear serviteck, motech at iba pa.... naku may politiko o kaibigan na naman makikinabang

  2. no word on PUV's then? Cause I honestly think those vehicles need some really, really serious inspecting too :)


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