14 erring vehicle emission testing centers face closure PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:12

At least 14 private emission testing centers (PETCs) face closure after the Land Transportation Office (LTO) found them to be engaged in issuing spurious emission testing certificates in violation of the Clean Air Act.

LTO monitoring team found the privately-owned testing ceters to be engaged in non-appearance of vehicles in smoke emission testing.

The erring emission testing centers are Net Emission Testing Center in McArthur Highway, Malinta, Valenzuela City; W. RED Emission testing Center in Real 1, Bacoor Cavite; Orange Emission Testing Center in Guagua Pampanga and Good Morning Emission Testing Center in Meycauayan Bulacan;

H.R.Eco Clear Emission Testing Center in Sta. Maria, Bulacan; Fernandino’s Emission Testing Center in Cainta Rizal; EP Emission Testing Center in Legaspi City, Albay; Environguard Technologies Corp. in Guiguinto, Bulacan; De Jesus Emissions Testing Center in Bacoor Cavite;

Bearcat Reyes Emission Testing Center in Pequena Naga City; ASI Emission Testing Center in Sta Mesa Heights Quezon City; AMA Smoke Test Center in Sto Nino, Marikina City; A.M Pacleb Enterprises, Inc. in San Roque, Marikina City; and A.M Pacleb Enterprises Inc in Sta. Elena, Marikina City.

LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Virginia P. Torres directed the erring PETCs to explain, within three days upon receipt of the show-cause order, why their authorization to operate should not be canceled “for having failed to show the integrity of emission testing”.

“The issuance of spurious certificate of emission compliance (CEC) is a major violation which merits the outright cancellation of PETC authorization at the first instance under the manual of procedure," Torres said in her order.

The directive came after uploaded photos of the erring PETCs showed that they deliberately violated the proper smoke emission testing procedure.

“They will be given due process but they should have satisfactory explanation or we will be constrained to cancel their permit to operate," Torres said.

She also warned other private emission centers throughout the country to stop from engaging in non-appearance testing, saying that her campaign would continue until all erring PETCs are closed.

“We will not relent in this drive to clean the roads and streets of smoke belching vehicles and one of the best ways to stop them is to close emission testing centers that are engaged in non-appearance practice” Torres said.

Vehicles are required to undergo proper smoke emission testing before they are registered.

In a related development, Antonio Halili, president of Private Emission Testing Center Operators Association (PETCOA) that they fully support the campaign of Torres to rid their ranks of erring PETCs.

“Of course, we fully support the campaign of Assistant Secretary Torres because this is one way of cleansing our ranks of unscrupulous (smoke emission testing ) operators” he said.