THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) has authorized private entities to open motor vehicle inspection centers.
Department Order (DO) 2018-019 of the DoTr issued on Aug. 10 sets guidelines for establishing private inspection centers, including standards for financial capacity and track record in vehicle inspection.
The new DO will be implemented 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette and/or in a general circulation newspaper.
It said the DoTr is granting authority to “Filipino natural and juridical persons or entities to conduct the MVIS (motor vehicle inspection system) testing as a requirement for renewal of registration, which shall be valid for a period of five years from the issuance of an Authorization Certificate and renewable for another five years.”
The private motor vehicle inspection centers will come into three classes, specializing in inspecting light-duty vehicles and motorcycles. The third class is the mobile MVIS category to serve remote areas.
The DoTr said privatization of motor vehicle inspection centers will help the Land Transportation Office (LTO) implement Memorandum Circular No. RTL0MC-02402.
“In recent years, there has been a significant growth in the number of new vehicles registered in the LTO which consequently requires additional Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers to accommodate them in a timely manner. Accordingly, Filipino natural and juridical person or entities that are qualified…may be authorized,” it said.— Denise A. Valdez