Cagayan de Oro 2nd Dist. Rep. Rufus Rodrguez is urging the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to suspend the requirement for emission testing for registration of vehicles until the end of the year. Accordingly, this will address the long queues in emission testing centers which have resulted to social distancing violations and also give time for the said agencies to look into numerous complaints and allegations impropriety against these privately-owned testing centers all over the country.
Read the press release below.
July 16, 2020
Office of Rep. Rufus Rodriguez
Suspend Emission Test Requirement till Yearend
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City is urging the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to suspend the requirement for emission testing before motor vehicle owners can registration their vehicles.
His appeal is contained in Resolution No. 1007, which calls on the House of Representatives to express its collective sense for the suspension of the requirement.
Rodriguez said the Covid-19 pandemic “has affected and disrupted the lives of all Filipinos, including more than 11 million who own motor vehicles.”
“As a result of lockdowns and quarantines in many parts of the country, most transactions with the government were halted, such as the registration of vehicles,” he said.
With the easing of quarantines and travel restrictions, he said many vehicle owners “are now having their vehicles registered, resulting in very long lines and unusual delays in the process of registration, especially in emission testing centers.”
As an example, Rodriguez cited his own constituency, Cagayan de Oro City, where registration applicants “have to line up very early in the morning to get a number, which takes four to five hours, then they wait until their numbers are called to be given an appointment for their emission test, which is at least two weeks away.”
“It’s a lot of inconvenience on the part of motor vehicle owners, to say the least. These taxpayers deserve better service,” he stressed.
He said the long queues and delays result in violations of social distancing protocols among registrants and LTO personnel, which could eventually lead to a possible increase in Covid-19 cases.
He noted that some LTO offices have had to lock down because some workers got infected with coronavirus.
“To address this problem and to make registration easier for vehicle owners, the DoTr and the LTO should suspend the emission testing requirement until Dec. 31, 2020,” Rodriguez said.
This will also give the two agencies time “to look into numerous complaints and allegations impropriety against these privately-owned testing centers all over the country,” he said.