VICOAP releases statement supporting DOTr memorandum

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Vehicle Inspection Center Operators Association of the Philippines (VICOAP) released an official press statement expressing support in the move of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to issue Memorandum Circular No. MSC-SC-2021-01 dated 02 March 2021.

The said memorandum aims to ease the burden of motorists in processing the renewal of their motor vehicle registration. Under the aforementioned memorandum, all motor vehicle owners are required to undergo mandatory emission testing and visual motor vehicle inspection.

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DOTr’s Memorandum Circular No. MSC-SC-2021-01 further emphasizes that vehicle inspection can now be performed by either at authorized Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs) or Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs). The memorandum also outlines reduced inspection fees imposed by PMVICs.

VICOAP, a non-profit, private organization composed of accredited Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (MVIC) in the Philippines, welcomed the issuance of the memorandum stating that they are one with the DOTr and LTO in the said endeavor.

In their press release, VICOAP cited the provision of 2c in the memorandum emphasizing that whilst in the pandemic, other tests at authorized PMVICs will still be conducted but the result will only be for the purpose of advising or suggesting a course of action that will improve the roadworthiness of vehicles. According to VICOAP, this will help them pave the way for the gradual shift to the culture of vehicle maintenance and inspection that will redound to safer and more efficient vehicles plying our country's roads.

They also mentioned that the provision of the memorandum will allow them, in the MVIC industry, to introduce their services, instill in motorists the importance of vehicle inspection, dispel unfounded fears, and improve their services to better serve public motorists. 

Photo from VICOAP Facebook Page

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