ITV inspections in Almeria on the up

DURING the first half of 2014 147,430 vehicles have been inspected in ITV stations authorised by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment in Almeria Province.

This means an increase of 9,576 compared to the first half of 2013, which represents an increase of 6.9 per cent. Of those, 35,796 vehicles were rejected with 77,686 serious defects and a further 161,028 minor defects. The average percentage of vehicles that failed was 24.27 per cent, lower than last years’ figure of 25.13 per cent.

The areas of vehicles that failed the most were lighting, followed by tyres, suspension, brakes and emissions.

Almeria Province has eight ITV stations. Albox, Berja, Vera, Velez-Rubio, Almeria City and two in Nijar. Albox alone made 10,962 inspections in the first part of this year.

A new ITV station is planned at Las Tres Villas with work commencing before the end of this year. The new station will have capacity to carry out 14,000 annual inspections and will create four jobs

Andalucia’s delegate for Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment, Adriana Valverde, said: “Andalucia remains committed to the public management of vehicle inspections and guarantee vehicles on our roads meet the technical conditions necessary to do so, thereby reducing risk of accidents and protec-ting the environment by reducing emissions.”

Valverde also indicated price reductions in the region. There will be a selective tariff of vehicles less than 1,600CC as well as vehicles lighter than 3.5 kilograms. Vehicles specially adapted for people with disabilities will also enjoy a reduced rate as will mopeds and motorbikes.

Vehicles passing their ITV ahead of time will receive a discount. Valverde claims ITV rates in Andalucia are amongst the lowest in Spain

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