Officials of the Manila Toll Expressway System Inc. (MATES), the operator of the South Luzon Expressway, recently met with truckers who ply the 108-kilometer long toll-road from Makati to Batangas City for a dialogue concerning the Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection (MVSI) program at the Skyway System, SLEX and Star Tollway.
The MVSI is being implemented to enforce strict compliance of vehicles, particularly trucks, to the highest standards of safety and roadworthiness. The dialogue, which was coordinated with the Office of the Mayor of Calamba City in Laguna, focused on the truckers’ concerns that safety inspection affects the timely delivery of goods/products to the detriment of their services to clients who are mostly foreign locators at the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).
The Southern Tollways management accommodated the truckers’ request to ease the inspection, after getting their assurance and commitment that they will police their own ranks and ensure that their trucks shall meet and observe safety and vehicle roadworthy standards. To facilitate the inspection, the PEZA certification shall be conspicuously displayed on the trucks’ front windshield.
The dialogue held last July 20, 2016 was attended by Mayor Timmy Chipeco of Calamba, Southern Tollways officers led by their president Manuel Bonoan and owners and representatives of Tri-G Trucking, Rackwell, Stronghands Logistics Co., Quadson Transport, Sprint, Cando and BS King Transmovers.