• The standard requires ITVs to incorporate electronic vehicle diagnostic tools
  • It will promote the coordination and exchange of data between stations and between autonomies to improve road safety
  • The user may change ITV if the result is negative and the deadline for the next inspection is fixed.

The Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree (RD) whereby some aspects of the regulations of the Technical Inspection of Vehicles (ITV) in application of European regulations are made more flexible. The text establishes the requirements that ITV stations must meet in terms of personnel, training, facilities, equipment and inspection procedures aimed at guaranteeing quality in order to contribute to the improvement of road safety and environmental protection. ITV stations are obliged to have electronic diagnostic tools and to be accredited according to international standards. In addition, it offers more flexibility to the user by not forcing him to repeat the inspection at the same station where it was unfavorable or negative and the date of the next revision is fixed, regardless of the time at which the previous one occurred, with a maximum term of one month.

Among the innovations incorporated into the RD, the stations are obliged for the first time to have diagnostic reading tools that connect to the on-board computers of the vehicles, a first step towards the inspection of electronic security systems and the improvement of emission control. On the other, it establishes the mandatory accreditation of ITVs as an inspection entity in accordance with the international standard UNE EN / ISO 17020. The standard also updates the qualification requirements of personnel and incorporates distance training. For inspectors the degree of Higher Automotive Technician is required for the first time, as a minimum level.

As for the user, the standard facilitates the free choice of ITV station when the result is unfavorable or negative. Until now it was mandatory to present for the new inspection at the same station. It also clarifies the system by which the mandatory date for the next periodic inspection is established. From now on, if the vehicle passes the inspection in advance, the planned date for the next one will not be modified, provided that this advance does not exceed the month.

In addition, the exchange of electronic information between stations and Public Administration will be favored to encourage better supervision of inspection actions.

The adaptation to the European legislative framework with this transposition of Directive 2014/45 / EU of April 3, 2014, and of the 2014/46 / EU of the same date, will allow the recognition of the certificate of the periodic technical inspection issued by other States members when there is a change in ownership of vehicles; that is, when the user has bought it abroad and enrolls it in Spain.

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