VEHICLE owners in Spain are up in arms over an avalanche of fines coming in from the traffic authorities regarding MOT information.
The DGT traffic authorities recently implemented a system whereby radars and some surveillance cameras on roads across the country also check whether vehicles have passed their ITV technical inspections.
Unfortunately the system is proving inexact and has already been cancelled in Cataluña, yet fines, many incorrectly issued, are continuing to come through.
Mario Arnaldo, head of AEA drivers’ association, explained that the problem is that although a charge of €3.80 is included in the cost of ITVs, the systems are not updated immediately meaning that drivers are receiving fines they should not be.
Although the DGT stated the system had a very small margin of error, Arnaldo claimed it was larger than the authority cared to admit.
“It’s a problem because not only are citizens being wrongly fined and their time wasted, also the DGT needs to explain why it is charging for a service not being provided,” Arnaldo said.
Another problem reported, especially by rent-a-car companies, is that ITV centres are overwhelmed with work meaning many people end up having to wait until after their inspections are due.
So what can we do to avoid a €200 fine? For the time being, book an appointment well in advance when our car is coming up for inspection and hope for the best.