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August 24, 2021

DOTr Puts PMVICs On Hold. Again.

The Department of Transportation or DOTr is backtracking once more on mandatory PMVIC testing.

It must be remembered that the DOTr brought back mandatory vehicle inspections done by PMVICs last July 26 (visual inspections only). However, because there are some issues surrounding the Geographic Areas of Responsibility (GAOR), they’re putting them back on hold. Again.

While the LTO conducts an “immediate and exhaustive review of the policy,” motorists will now be able to choose between PMVICs or good old fashioned Private Emissions Testing Centers or PETCs (visual inspections will be done at LTO offices, however).

The move comes as the DOTr recognizes the need for a smoother, more efficient manner of implementing the GOAR policy, and coupled with the rising cases of COVID-19, they’ve decided to defer the entire thing for now.

The DOTr also reminds motorists that opting for visual inspections at PMVICs should not result in additional fees. The fees should be similar to those collected by PETCs (P 600 for light vehicles, P 500 for motorcycles). Reinspection or re-test fees were likewise waived.

DOTr Secretary Tugade, a vocal backer of the PMVIC system, acknowledges that there will be birth pains with the PMVIC policy but he has stressed that what is important is to ensure that a long term and more modern and most effective vehicle inspection system is in place.


  1. The principles and objectives of vehicle roadworthiness is good, and I completely agree with it.

    However, implementation is terrible. Goverment should have gradually introduced it, e.g. started where it is most needed such as our jeepneys. If the results are good and will benefit the public, then most of the population will support it eventually.

    Unfortunately, government seems to have a lack of good implementation skills.

  2. kinakawawa ninyo ang local businesses!! kawawa ang mga nag invest ng maaga!! parang strike two na ang government sa ganito. it's not too long ago when they encouraged SMEs to invest in roadworthiness efforts, only to be withdrawn later on. ha ha


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