MANILA, Philippines — Transport authorities earned the ire of Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday after an official tried to clarify with a “flawed” purpose why personal automobiles have been supposedly prioritized in street worthiness inspections as a substitute of public automobiles.
During a listening to of the Senate public providers committee, Poe identified that main street accidents normally contain public utility automobiles (PUVs).
“Bakit niyo inuna ang private vehicles e alam naman natin ang public vehicles, halimbawa, yung mga bus, hindi naman lahat pero yung mga sakuna na malalaki talagang trahedya ay nagaganap dito sa mga pampublikong sasakyan na ‘to na mas maraming nakasakay at nakikinabang,” Poe, who’s main the listening to, requested transport officers.
(Why did you prioritize the personal automobiles, since everyone knows that buses, not all of them, however most accidents actually occur involving public automobiles and many individuals are utilizing them.)
“Tuloy, iniisip ng marami kasi kikita kayo sa private vehicles dahil mas marami ito,” she added.
(Many individuals now suppose that you just favor revenue [over safety] as a result of personal automobiles are many [compared to public vehicles].)
According to the Land Transportation Office (LTO), there are 4 million personal automobiles within the nation, excluding bikes.
Meanwhile, there are 400,000 public automobiles, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board instructed the committee.
After studying these figures, Poe mentioned it will have been simpler to roll out the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) for PUVs.
“We have 400,000 public vehicles as opposed to 4 million private vehicles. So if you wanted to test the capability of these [inspection] centers, it would have been easier and probably even better to test public vehicles first,” the senator mentioned.
“So bakit ninyo inuna ang private vehicles?” she added.
(So why did you place the personal automobiles first?)
LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante clarified to Poe that the MVIS contains PUVs however is restricted to automobiles weighing as much as 4,500 kilograms.
“Kaya po yung mga jeep natin, kasama po yan,” he mentioned.
(That is why jeepneys are additionally included.)
Still, Poe questioned why the MVIS appears unprepared to accommodate different public automobiles.
“Bakit hindi handa sa public vehicles?” she requested.
(Why have been you unprepared for public automobiles?)
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistance Secretary for Procurement of Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, at this level, defined to the Senate panel that because of a failure of bidding for the procurement of cell automobile inspection system for PUVs, the company opted to push by with the rollout of the MVIS for personal automobiles in order to not interrupt the inspection program.
“The first plan is supposed to be to address directly the public utility vehicles and the Phase 2 is to address the private motor vehicles. So ang ginawa po natin para tuloy-tuloy po lang po ang programa is that we push through with the second phase, which is the private motor vehicles by accrediting the private,” Lopez mentioned.
(What we’ve achieved is to proceed on with the program and pushed by with the second section, which is the personal motor automobiles by accrediting the personal.)
Further, he added that the company additionally acknowledges the necessity for the DOTr and the LTO to reassess and reevaluate the requirements which might be set for public utility automobiles.
But this clarification didn’t sit properly with Poe.
“So ang sinasabi mo ngayon nagpapakadakila na na unahin natin ng ang private vehicles para makahanap tayo ng paraan na maging mas madali para sa PUVs?” she mentioned.
(So what you might be saying is that you’re feeling nice to place personal automobiles first so we will discover a approach that may make it simpler for PUVs?)
“It’s seems very flawed to me. Thank you for your attempt to explain this,” she added.
Poe additionally identified that when the DOTr and the LTO issued its pointers for the personal motorcar inspection facilities (PMVICs) final December 29, 17 PMVICs “were already operating.”
“So parang nagtataka lang ako anung nangyari dito? Hindi pa rin malinaw ngayon kung bakit ninyo inuna pa rin private vehicles para sabihin na para padaliin sa PUVs kaya inuna ninyo ang private vehicles, anong klaseng dahilan yan?” she added.
(So I’m simply questioning what occurred right here? It remains to be not clear why did you prioritized the personal automobiles in order that it may be simpler for PUVs that’s the reason you place personal automobiles first, what sort of reasoning is that?)
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