Summer holidays are just around the corner and there is still a lot of confusion about the extensions to pass the Technical Inspection of Vehicles (ITV) that the Government granted for vehicles that met it in full state of alarm. In fact, from AECA-ITV, an association that integrates almost all ITV facilities, they emphasize that there are still many drivers who do not know when they have to pass it.
In this way, and in the face of possible leisure trips, the association answers some questions to try to clarify what the fines are for having the ITV expired, ranging from 200 to 500 euros.
How do the fines vary if the ITV is expired, has not been passed or has been unfavorable?
According to the current legal regime, having the technical inspection expired can entail a financial penalty of 200 or 500 euros, depending on the case. There are three possible scenarios:
– Having the ITV expired, that is, both driving the vehicle and having it parked in the garage or on the street without having carried out the technical inspection on the date on which it was due, carries a financial penalty of 200 euros and the immediate obligation of carry out the ITV.
– Driving with the unfavorable ITV, that is, continuing to circulate with the vehicle despite the fact that serious defects were detected that would only allow it to travel to the place of repair generates a fine of 200 euros. In this case, the owner of the vehicle is obliged to repair serious defects and return to the ITV station, within a maximum period of 2 months, to verify the correction of said defects.
– Driving with a negative ITV, that is to say, continuing to circulate with the vehicle with very serious defects detected carries a penalty of 500 euros. In these cases, the vehicle is not authorized to leave the ITV station by its own means, but will have to do it transported by a crane to the repair site and return to the ITV station, within a maximum period of 2 months, to check the correction of defects.
To this situation of sanctions for not having the valid ITV, we must add the non-coverage of the insurance company in the event of a claim, which can lead to high expenses for the owner of the vehicle depending on the severity of the claim.
What are the main changes that will be introduced as of June 1?
For users, the most important thing is the change in severity of the ABS non-functioning defect when it is not mandatory to carry it or the incorporation of the registration process for vehicles from the United Kingdom after the application of Brexit. Also the possibility of checking the data of the circulation permit through the general vehicle registry of the DGT in case of not being presented in the inspection.
Basically those regulatory changes that have been introduced have been incorporated. Inspection processes for ITV operators are now specified in a clearer and more precise way, such as, for example, the verification of emissions in electric vehicles with extended range (REEV) or the identification of motorcycles with advanced monitoring systems. emission control
What advice would you give the driver when going to the ITV in this exceptional situation?
ITV stations have taken all the necessary actions to guarantee compliance with the hygiene and prevention measures established by the competent authorities and thus ensure that their facilities are safe places.
In this new version 7.5.0. of the Manual of Inspection Procedure for ITV Stations, the line of minimizing the contact between the inspector and the user is maintained. For its part, although it is not mandatory in all stations, from the association we continue to recommend attending by appointment in order to reduce the waiting time at the facilities to a minimum, as well as that only the driver of the vehicle attends, without a companion.
It must be remembered that it is not necessary for the user to get off the vehicle, since all the documentation will be received directly by the inspector before the start of the procedure and will be delivered at the end, along with the inspection report and the ITV sticker.
Is there still a mess with the extensions due to the state of alarm?
Unfortunately yes. There are still many drivers who are still not clear when they must pass the ITV in this 2021. From AECA-ITV we have been working constantly to clarify all the doubts generated before and after the exceptional period expired on March 2 of the extensions to pass the technical inspections expired during the first state of alarm.
We recommend that drivers check the ITV expiration date on the vehicle’s technical sheet, on the ITV valid sticker located on the windshield or through the ‘miDGT’ Traffic app, as well as follow the messages and recommendations from your ITV station.
We must remember that in the order of the Ministry of Health of May 2020 it was established that “the validity date that appears on the ITV card will be taken as a reference and will not compute, in any case, the extension of the certificates granted as a result of the declaration of the alarm state “. This means that, even if a vehicle has passed the inspection after its usual date, this year it will have to do it again at the time when it was due from the beginning, even if this means that a year has not passed since the last inspection.
For example, in the case of a tourism more than 10 years old that expired the ITV on 04/16/20 and passed the ITV on 06/02/20, you must carry out the next technical inspection before 04/16 / twenty-one.
When are inspections expected to return to normal?
At present, thanks to the effort made by the Administrations and especially by ITV operators, who reinforced the workforce, extended opening hours, adapted procedures to health recommendations and modified their procedures and management systems to offer a safe service, it can be affirmed that the percentage of vehicles affected by the state of alarm pending to carry out the ITV is very small or almost nil.
The current problem is the high degree of vehicles that do not pass the ITV having expired the period of validity of the previous one. As a reference, in the last month more than a million vehicles that had to have carried out the ITV have not done so, clearly affecting road safety and environmental protection regardless of the possible consequences that it has from the point of view of sanctions and loss of vehicle insurance coverage.
The prior appointment is managed directly from the companies associated with AECA-ITV. It can be arranged by phone, online, from apps, etc.
From the following link you can consult the data of the entities integrated in AECA-ITV and access their web pages to see the different ways to make an appointment: https://www.aeca-itv.com/asociados/