Tricycle drivers share struggles on vehicle inspection system

ROXAS CITY — Tricycle drivers shared their struggles with the implementation of the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS), which measures the roadworthiness of vehicles.

Rolly Ballos of Barangay Lonoy here said the new initiative would allow tricycles to ferry two passengers.

Unlike before, only one passenger is allowed to observe the minimum health protocol against coronavirus, he added.

However, he pointed out that not all tricycles would pass the roadworthiness test as the vehicles are already old models.

Jordan Dela Cruz of Barangay Bolo here said that he had concerns that the roadworthiness test could eliminate some tricycles from the streets.

“Ano ang mapakaon namon sa pamilya namon kag ano nga pangabuhianan nga ihatag nila sa amon,” he asked.

The Philippine government has recently made the MVIS optional due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MVIC would make vehicles undergo inspection with state-of-the-art equipment while the old roadworthiness test involves visual and manual inspection.

On February 3, Governor Esteban Evan Contreras requested the Land Transportation Office to either suspend until the pandemic is over or leniently implement the MVIS after consulting with the transport sector.

Contreras said that the members of the transport sector find it difficult to comply with the requirements due to the economic effects of the pandemic.

Also, Contreras said that the MVIS is only implemented in Capiz among the provinces in Western Visayas which puts the Capiznon vehicle owners at a disadvantage.*