• The standard requires ITVs to incorporate electronic diagnostic tools for vehicles
  • It will promote the coordination and exchange of data between stations and between autonomous regions to improve road safety
  • The user will be able to change the ITV if the result is negative and the deadline for the next inspection remains fixed

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

Among the novelties incorporated into the RD, stations are obliged for the first time to have diagnostic reading tools that are connected to on-board computers in vehicles, a first step towards the inspection of electronic security systems and the improvement of emission control. On the other, it establishes the compulsory accreditation of ITVs as an inspection entity according to the international standard UNE EN / ISO 17020. The standard also updates the qualification requirements of personnel and incorporates distance training. Inspectors are required for the first time to have a Higher Automotive Technician qualification, 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 appear for the new inspection at the same station. The system establishing the mandatory date for the next periodic inspection is also clarified. From now on, if the vehicle passes the inspection in advance, the scheduled date for the next will not be modified, provided that this advance does not exceed one month.

In addition, the exchange of electronic information between stations and the Public Administration will be encouraged to promote better supervision of inspection activities.

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

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