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LTO closes 8 emission testing centers

By Paolo Montecillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:16:00 01/16/2011

Filed Under: Philippines - Metro, transportation, Pollution, Environmental Issues

THE LAND Transportation Office (LTO) has ordered the closure effective on January 15 of eight private emission testing centers (PETC) after these were found to have faked emission test certificates.

In a statement, LTO head Virginia Torres said more testing centers may be shut down as the agency steps up its campaign against violators of the Clean Air Act.

?I want to emphasize that these eight PETCs were only in the initial batch of testing centers that were found by our monitoring team to be blatantly engaged in the nefarious practice of [issuing fake emission test certificates] so I deemed it proper to order their closure,? Torres warned.

More PETCs penalized

On top of the eight PETCs, 12 others were suspended for a month effective on January 15 for committing procedural violations while 50 more were facing either the revocation of their licenses or the suspension of their operations.

They were also slapped a fine of P30,000 each.

Ordered closed were Fernandino?s Emission Testing Center on F. P. Felix Avenue in Cainta, Rizal; H. R. Eco Clear Emission Test Center on F. Halili Street in Sta. Maria, Bulacan; AMA Smoke Emission Testing Center on Pitpitan Street, Barangay San Roque, Marikina City; ASI Emission Testing Center on Mayon Street in Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City; CATB Emission Testing Center in Meycauayan, Bulacan; Airpool Emission Testing Center on Pasong Tamo Street, San Antonio Village in Makati City; Net Emission Testing Center in Novaliches, Quezon City and Super Sun Emission Testing Center in Taal, Batangas.

?The issuance of spurious certificates of emission compliance 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 Clean Air Act requires vehicles to undergo proper smoke emission testing before these can be registered with the LTO.

Full support for LTO drive

Meanwhile, the Private Emission Testing Center Operators Association headed by Tony Halili reiterated its full support for the LTO?s campaign to rid its ranks of erring PETCs.

?We appreciate the efforts being exerted by Assistant Secretary Torres in going after the unscrupulous smoke emission testing operators who are giving the industry a black eye,? Halili said.

Among those ordered suspended were two outlets of A. M. Pacleb Enterprises on Chestnut Street and on Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, both in Marikina City; Bearcat R. Reyes Emission Testing Center in Naga City and EP Emission Testing Center in Legaspi City, Albay; Good Morning Emission Testing Center in Meycauayan, Bulacan, Net Emission Testing Center in Malinta, Valenzuela City; Orange Emission Testing Center inside the LTO Compound in Guagua, Pampanga and W. Red Emission Test Center in Bacoor, Cavite.

Also suspended were ATSI PETC Inc. in Muntinlupa City; Mauryl Emission Test Center in Angeles City, Pampanga; Achilles Emission Testing Center in Sto. Domingo, Quezon City; and BSC Emission Testing Center on Araneta Avenue, Caloocan City.

?I have said it before and I will say it again. 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 [issue certificates to the owners of vehicles even though they do not present their vehicles for testing],? Torres said.

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