Bukidnon solon wants to suspend vehicle emission tests

Bukidnon Second District Rep. Atty. John Flores has expressed support to the call to temporarily suspend the emission test for motor vehicles as a requirement for Land Transportation Office (LTO) registration or renewal.

“I fully support the proposal to temporarily suspend until the end of the year the motor vehicle emission test requirement for vehicle registrations and/or renewals,” the Bukidnon congressman said.

The proposal was first introduced by Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez. Rodriguez earlier filed Resolution 1007, which called on Congress to “express its collective sense” for the suspension of the requirement. He said that the pandemic has affected and disrupted the lives of all Filipinos, including more than 11 million who own motor vehicles.

“Here in Bukidnon, many emission testing centers have been ordered to close shop either due to business irregularities or failure to complete government requirements. The few remaining centers simply cannot accommodate enough. This, unfortunately, results in social distancing protocol violations and very long queues,” Flores explained.

He went on to say that “the ongoing scenario particularly here in the Second District of Bukidnon is whereby a vehicle owner would go to a center before dawn and either be listed and asked to return on a particular day, usually about 2-3 weeks later, or made to wait for long hours. This certainly causes so much inconvenience to the public we need to efficiently serve.”

“I call on my fellow Congressmen, the Land Transportation Office, the Department of Transportation and other related agencies to please consider the proposal to suspend these emission tests and to fast track the investigations on erring centers. We need to be more judicious especially during this global health crisis. Time is of the essence,” Flores stressed.

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