BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The Land Transportation Office in Bacolod City started accepting inspection results of light weight vehicles from Private Emission Testing Centers yesterday.
This was after Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the suspension of mandatory testing at Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers for vehicles below 4501 kgs. Tuesday, within geographic areas of responsibility, Ruben Tampos, LTO Bacolod head, said yesterday.
Under the memorandum earlier issued by assistant LTO Secretary Edgar Galvante, only heavy vehicles will be allowed to be inspected by private emission testing centers.
Transport sectors in Bacolod have opposed the implementation of the memorandum and sought the help of the Sangguniang Panlungsod to communicate with President Rodrigo Duterte and ask for a halt in the implementation of the memorandum.
Secretary general Diego Malacad of the United Negros Drivers Operators Center said they welcomed this development as it affects a lot of sectors.
Malacad said they were already planning to stage a protest action if the implementation of the memorandum was not stopped.
Teddy Macainan, chairperson of the Alliance of Concerned Transport in Occidental Negros, said that it is about time that they should suspend it.
Macainan said they are thankful that the MVIS has been suspended and added that it should be further studied.*