Duterte defers implementation of child car seat law; MVIS no longer mandatory

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Malacañang announced on Thursday that President Duterte has ordered the deferment of the implementation of the Child Car Seat Law while the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) is no longer mandatory for vehicle registration.

During a press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said that Duterte ordered the suspension of the implementation of a policy requiring motorists to use child restraint systems while the controversial MVIS will no longer be mandatory for car registration.

RELATED: Motorists with taller kids may need bigger cars – LTO official

“Nag desisyon na po ang ating presidente. Ipinagpaliban po or deferred ang pagpapatupad o implementasyon ng child car seats. Samantala, hindi na po mandatory ang MVIS. Ibig sabihin, kinakailangan wala pong bagong singil, walang karagdagang singil para sa pagpaparehistro ng mga sasakyan,” Roque said.

The Senate committee on public services earlier conducted an inquiry into the operations of private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs).

As reported by One News, the committee chaired by Sen. Grace Poe asked officials from the LTO and DOTr to provide them with the list of individuals who operate PMVICs following reports that they are owned or controlled by some high-ranking politicians.

RELATED: Sen. Poe asks DOTr to suspend implementation of MVIS

During the inquiry, Poe pointed out that the DOTr and LTO removed an anti-corruption provision from their guidelines that prohibits any official of either agencies to engage or have a stake in PMVICs and similar businesses. The senator also questioned why the LTO insisted on rolling out the MVIS for private vehicles when public utility vehicles (PUVs) and large trucks that should be inspected first for roadworthiness.

PMVICs are authorized to collect an inspection fee of P1,800 for motor vehicles weighing 4,500 kilograms or less. Motorists will have to pay a re-inspection fee of P900 if the vehicle fails the initial test. For motorcycles and tricycles, they are charged P600 for the inspection fee and P300 for re-inspection, if necessary.

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