MANG Rey (not his real name), always thought that bringing his motorcycle to a Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (PMVIC) would be more expensive because of what he read from the news and in social media.
He has been using his motorcycle for delivery service because it brings more money than turning it into a tricycle.
So when he needed to renew his motorcycle registration, he did it the old way. He went to a Private Emission Testing Center or PETC and had his carbon emission tested for P450.
Renewing his registration also required a motor vehicle insurance policy. The lowest policy, a TPL (third party liability), costs P650.
With these two requirements, Mang Rey went to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to file his application for a renewal. Of course, he first needed to get a manual, visual vehicle inspection to satisfy the legal inspection requirement to certify that his motorcycle is roadworthy.
Usually, an applicant needs to fill up a long blue form which is later used for manual visual inspection by the LTO officer. But Mang Rey was surprised to see that the form given to him by the LTO personnel was already filled up.
All Mang Rey had to do then was bring all his documents to the payment window, pay his registration fee of P551 and the process would be complete. He could now use his registered motorcycle.
That entire process cost Mang Rey a total of P2,151.
But wait, the math is not right. Let’s do it again. P450 for emission testing, P650 for insurance policy, P551 for the registration fee. That is a total of P1,651.
So why did Mang Rey spend P2,151? Oh, we forgot add the P500 for the LTO officer who conducted the manual visual inspection.
But that is supposed to be free right? Well, yes and no. Legally, it is free because it is the job of the LTO officers to do the check, it comes with the job description. But no because in real life, that guy will not move, or even approve a vehicle inspection if he did not get a quick buck.
Now, what would have happened if Mang Rey went to a PMVIC or a private motor vehicle inspection center?
First of all, he would have paid P400 for his vehicle inspection. This fee not only includes inspection for vehicle roadworthiness, but also includes emission testing.
Mang Rey would have to get his insurance policy of P650 and then head to the LTO office to file his registration renewal application, without talking to any person about his motorcycle’s health. Why? Because PMVIC inspection results are transmitted and uploaded directly to the LTO system.
This is the objective of DOTr’s service automation project – to streamline the transaction between the transport department’s many agencies with citizens who require their services.
The first and most successful of this was the Drivers License Acquisition and Renewal Program that eliminated the middlemen (read: fixers) and allowed for a smoother, less corrupt process of getting a drivers license.
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade believes that the lesser human contact between his agency people and their clients, the lesser chances for corruption and the smoother the process.
A driver’s license can now be renewed in at most one and a half hour compared to the old days of one to two days. And remember the mall satellite offices for license renewal? That was a privatization scheme to make the whole campaign easier for citizens.
This is also what the PMVIC program wants to achieve. Because of our culture, it is almost impossible to do away with fixers, unless the client does not need to communicate with an LTO employee and completes his transaction digitally.
Let us not forget: The purpose of vehicle inspections is to determine the roadworthiness of vehicles. A roadworthy vehicle significantly poses a lesser risk to passengers and to the public.