• Solon seeks probe of emission test centers

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    DISSATISFIED with the failure of a transport agency to rid the country of private emission testing centers engaged in illegal activities, a lawmaker has filed a resolution asking the Senate to investigate whether there was still a need for them.

    Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th called for an investigation after receiving reports that some Land Transportation Authority (LTO)-accredited emission testing centers were issuing false emission compliance certificates (ECCs).

    Aquino was referring to the private emission testing centers’ (PETCs) reported “non-appearance” scheme or ghost testing of motor vehicles in exchange for additional fees.

    The said practice began soon after the enactment of Republic Act (RA) 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act in 1999.

    The act mandated the implementation of a National Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program to promote the efficient and safe operation of motor vehicles and ensure the reduction of vehicle emissions.

    The PETCs managed to continue their illegal scheme despite the LTO campaign against it and the introduction of various monitoring systems to regulate them.

    “The national government should be able to provide a quick systematic solution to the proliferation of these false ECCs in order to promote overall motor vehicle safety and prescribe an intensive convergence program towards the full implementation of the Philippine Clean Air Act,” Aquino said.

    The senator added that the continuing increase in motor vehicles, the lack of a mass public transit system, and worsening traffic conditions further contribute to increasing air pollution.

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