Senator Grace Poe urged the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to reconsider its new circular which would require motorists to pay P1,800 for a motor vehicle inspection.
Poe said that not only is the new fee an added burden to motorists but the memo did not undergo thorough public consultation.
“The 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.
The LTO Memorandum Circular (MC) 2018-2158 dated November 28, 2018, spells out the guidelines for the Authorization of Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs). It was signed by LTO chief and Transportation Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante.
Under the MC, section 17, it states that for every motor vehicle inspected at a PMVIC, a fee of P1,800 shall be collected for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 4,500 kilograms or lower. Motorcycle and tricycle owners, meanwhile, will have to pay P600 for the inspection fee.
If the vehicle fails the initial inspection, a “reinspection fee” will be charged P900 for 4,500-kg. vehicle and P300 for tricycles and motorcycles.
Poe, just last month, filed a Senate Resolution No. 1003 to look into the exorbitant fees.
The senator added that the LTO must first follow the basic traffic rule of “Stop. Look. Listen.”
“Puro pasakit na lang sa taumbayan,” Poe said.
Poe continued that the LTO has long burdened motorists with their long list of fees. She said, “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.”
Meanwhile, the LTO said the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Department Order No. 2018-19 authorized it to issue the aforementioned guidelines.