LTO Under Fire For Seeking To Impose New Fees At Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers3 min read
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is once again engaged in a skirmish with a lawmaker.
Senator Grace Poe criticized a circular
What new fees?
LTO Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2158, which creates the guidelines for private motor vehicle inspection centers, requires vehicle owners to pay an inspection fee of P1,800 for cars with a gross vehicle weight of 4,500 kilograms and below.
In addition to the said amount, all vehicles that will fail the initial inspection will have to pay a reinspection fee of P900.
In essence, this means that if the vehicles are deemed to be not roadworthy for whatever reason, then they must submit their vehicles for reinspection and pay half the price of the inspection fee.
Meanwhile, inspection and reinspection fees for motorcycles and tricycles are P600 and P300, respectively.
A hefty fee of P1,800 is also waiting for the people who will go through the following transactions:
1. Vehicle modification (change body design or configuration)
2. Miscellaneous transactions such as change of engine/chassis, change color, revision of gross vehicle weight, re-stamping of engine
3. Recovered carnapped vehicle
No public consultation
According to Poe, the said fees didnâ€™t go through public consultation. The LTO just went ahead and implemented it anyway.
â€œThe LTFRB should go slow, if not
â€œBefore it imposes new fees, the LTO should first heed the basic traffic rule: Stop. Look. Listen. Puro pasakit na lang sa taumbayan,â€ she added.
The senator says she
Poe said that she wants other senators to push through with the inquiry â€œso as not to double the fees and charges to be paid by motor vehicle owners.â€
â€œOver the past years, the list of LTO-imposed new charges or regulations is growingâ€”from car
This isnâ€™t the first time Poe fired at the LTO for its incompetence. Last month, she condemned the exorbitant
Last year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) gave private entities a green light to open up their own private vehicle inspection centers.
According to the agency, the privatization of inspection facilities is due to â€œ
With Department Order No. 2018-019,
Filipinos who will put up their private inspection compounds can choose between three types: light-duty vehicle centers, motorcycle centers, and mobile inspection centers for remote areas.
According to LTO executive director Romeo Vera Cruz, the first batch of private testing centers will hopefully be operational by the end of the year.
Why would the government privatize the inspection centers for vehicles, which is a process that is critical to the renewal of a carâ€™s registration? According to the agency, privately owned centers will speed up the process of the registration, which is necessary due to the growing number of vehicles in the country.
â€œIn recent years, there has been
Sources: Rappler, GMA, Top Gear, Business World, LTO