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Mobile MVIS better than stationary

  • Written by Mario Fetalino Jr.
  • Published in Opinion
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A MOTOR vehicle inspection systems (MVIS) that can be moved to serve more locations is  what the Land
Transportation Office (LTO) should acquire  because they are more efficient and vehicle-owner friendly
compared to the stationary ones.

An MVIS is a system used by the LTO to check the road worthiness of vehicles in the country.
LTO has several MVIS units in selected Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (MVICs)  in and outside of
Metro Manila but they are  old, decaying  and no longer usable.
    
The government is allotting some P19.3 billion to purchase new ones to boost the capacity of

LTO to inspect vehicles following the recent spate of deadly road accidents involving trucks that are
no longer road-worthy.
    
I was told LTO prefers the stationary version of the MVIS. But why go stationary when a mobile
MVIS can go anytime and anywhere  it is most needed.
    
Timely  inspection of vehicles is important because any delay could mean accidents or death.

A mobile MVIS is one that is mounted on a truck and thus can serve more locations on time. It
does not require added cost for a lot and a building  to house it unlike the stationary model that
needs shelter for keeping.

Instead of using the funds to buy or rent a building for the stationay MVIS units, why not
allot that money to buy more mobile versions of the system?
    
The government intends to provide one MVIS for each region in the country. Funds for the
acquisition of said equipment are said to be sourced from the road users’ tax and  private-public
partnership arrangements.
    
We’re talking here about billions of taxpayers money which should be wisely spent for the
benefit of the people, for their safety which is of paramount importance. So LTO should make the right
choice.

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The statesmanship of President Rodrigo Duterte  was in full display during the recent  Asean
meet.
    
He talked strong and direct  in many occasions, winning praises from the heads of states who
attended the Asean Summit and related meetings.
    
Journalists expecting Duterte to go  “off script” and let loose fiery statements got
disappointed as the President transformed into a much improved leader. He is fast adjusting to his
stature as a leader of the fastest growing economy in the world.
    
Duterte established himself as a guiding force in the region in the fight against terrorism.
The battle that won back Marawi City from the clutches of terrorists was a multinational effort as
country’s partners such as the United States, China, Russia and Australia provided assistance to
defeat the IS.
    
The metamorphosis of Duterte as a regional if not global leader bodes well for the country as
part of the Asean Economic Community.