Senators Appeal That Vehicle Inspections and Roadworthiness Program to Be Suspended
The senators wanted the vehicle inspections and roadworthiness checks program suspended due to the growing number of issues after being implemented.
At the Senate hearing, Senator Ralph Recto express his reactions towards the privatization of testing centers. The lawmaker questioned the Land Transportation Office (LTO) of what law leads them to implement.
“Hindi maliwanag sa akin anong batas, what law, tell me, authorizes you to do this, to privatize these testing centers? Meron bang batas? Ang tingin ko diyan overreach masyado ‘yan eh,” Sen. Ralph Recto said.
Land Transportation Office chief Edgar Galvante said it is offering private companies to build motor vehicle inspection centers due to budget shortages. It also said to seek Senate assistance in this regard. But according to Recto, it did not receive any requests from the agency.
Groups of motorists also react to the expensive charges of inspection centers playing from P600 to P1,800. As a result, the LTO compared the price of inspection fees to neighboring countries which are more expensive than the Philippines.
“That is not justifiable na mas mura rito. Iba naman siguro services dito, iba services dun. ‘Wag po tayong ganon,” said Sen. Koko Pimentel.
Sen. Joel Villanueva agreed that most road accidents come from large vehicles that are not included in testing operations. Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption president Arsenio Evangelista also warned of possible corruption.
“However you look at it legally speaking, morally speaking, practically looking at this particular program, talagang kailangan i-suspend muna ito dahil kulang na kulang, sobrang kulang Madame Chair ‘yung consultation, tapos yung mga complaints (from motorists),” Villanueva insisted.
The Senate Committee on Public Services chair Sen. Grace Poe also recommended the suspension of the program. The senators also preview the rules and parameters of the inspection system as well as the selection of testing centers and accreditation of value-added services and machine and equipment providers.
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