DTI warns on unauthorized emission testing centers

Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon Region has warned motorists against unauthorized emission testing centers.

The DTI said that the motoring public should transact only with private emission testing centers (PETCs) which are authorized and licensed by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and duly accredited by the DTI.

Transactions with PETCs are required during vehicle registration.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently furnished the DTI with a list of emission testing centers whose authorizations to operate have been revoked.

Among the list of revoked authorizations are 16 PETCs operating in Central Luzon. Nine of these are in Bulacan, five in Pampanga, one in Nueva Ecija and one in Tarlac.

Under Republic Act 9003 or the Clean Air Act, the DOTr through its Land Transportation Office issues the license to operate of PETCs while the DTI issues PETC accreditation.

From January to June 2017, DTI-3 has accredited 25 PETCs in Central Luzon, majority of which are in Pampanga (eight), while seven are in Bulacan. Bataan has four and Tarlac has three accredited PETCs while Zambales and Nueva Ecija have two and one PETCs respectively.

The DTI also regularly inspects emission testing centers to check their work area, personnel and equipment.