1st motor vehicle inspection center to be built in LT
The first private motor vehicle inspection center (PMVIC) will soon rise in La Trinidad, Benguet which is an upgraded version from the previous emission testing centers required by the Department of Transportation.
The CPP Motor Vehicle Inspection Center in Puguis, La Trinidad held its groundbreaking on March 30 and is expected to be constructed within six months.
Oscar Paris, one of the owners and operators of the family-run center, said the facility is a state-of-the-art motor vehicle inspection center, which is fully automated and computerized from the previous manually operated emission testing centers.
Paris said the 1,500-square meter facility, which currently operates as a private emission testing center, will be expanded to cater to the required 300 vehicles to be serviced within a day.
The Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center is a facility that conducts computerized and automated inspections of vehicles, as well as visual inspections by NCII accredited technicians, in compliance with exhaust emission and road worthiness standards set by the Department of Transportation through the Land Transportation Office.
While emission testing centers test only for exhaust emission compliance, the PMVICs will also conduct 72 other points of road worthiness compliance aside from the emissions. It will inspect private, government and for-hire light vehicles (4,500 kilograms and below), which include SUVs, pick-ups, sedans, hatchbacks, and motorcycles/tricycles.
Paris said the automated testing system will determine if the vehicle passed or failed. If the vehicle fails, it has to be brought to a certified motor vehicle shop outside of their scope. He said all the information in their system will be linked online with the LTO information system, thus the owners no longer need to personally appear in LTO.
“The facility is more than just a business but a public service because we have to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy. This is a big challenge for us MVICs to properly certify motorists and not just to collect fees so the effect would be lesser accidents and lesser road traffic,” Paris said.
CPP stands for Casio Palberas Paris, Sr., the family’s patriarch who started the private emission testing center in the municipality back in 2003.
The groundbreaking ceremony was witnessed by CPP owner and operators Casio Paris, Jr. and Oscar Paris and family, La Trinidad Councilors Teddy Walang, John Botiwey, and Francis Lee and representatives from the DOTr-Cordillera and LTO-CAR, and blessed by Pastor Christopher Calyaen. – Ofelia C. Empian