CLARK, PAMPANGA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to remit millions of pesos to the government’s coffers as it continues to impose a stringent sanctions against erring Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs).
PETCs are authorized private facilities of the DOTr engaged in testing the level of opacity and analysis of the gaseous emission of a motor vehicle in accordance with Republic Act 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act.
DOTr, through its Investigation, Security and Law Enforcement Staff (ISLES) and Franchising Review Staff (FRS) have recorded millions of pesos worth of fines collected from numerous PETCs nationwide with violations ranging from having no testing probes, no testing machines, to the non-appearance of vehicles for testing or falsification of test results.
The agency notes a significant increase in fines collected starting in 2017.
For the year 2017, ISLES/FRS only collected a total of P90,000 in fines from three PETCs, while a total of P450,000 in fines were collected from six PETCs in 2018.
In 2019, ISLES/FRS received a whopping P10,890,000 in collected fines for the period of April to December from 89 erring PETCs nationwide.
For the period of January 1 to January 27, 2020, alone, there were already 86 PETCs that have been found to commit violations.
These erring testing centers have paid a sum of P9,990,000 in penalties.
DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade meanwhile expressed his disapproval as the violations committed by these testing centers endanger not just the lives of the public, but also harms the environment.
“This increasing number of violators is a clear manifestation of their defiance to the law. Your accreditation as an emission testing center is just a privilege given to you by the government. Do not wait for us to issue suspension orders or revocation of your permits to operate,” Secretary Tugade warns. (RONDA BALITA Online)