According to data released this week by the Spanish Association of Collaborating Entities of the Administration in the ITV (AECA-ITV), 40% of vehicles that were supposed to pass the Technical Vehicle Inspection (ITV) in 2021 did not attend the inspection stations, which is the highest historical rate of absenteeism and doubles the worst previous data, which was around 20%.
The organisation stressed that this percentage of absenteeism represents “a high risk” for road users, since four out of ten vehicles required to pass the ITV have not been checked to ensure they meet the minimum safety standards necessary.
The high average age of the Spanish car fleet and the poor condition of the vehicles are risk factors for road safety. Along these lines, the association reports that the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) points out that 33% of commercial and industrial vehicles weighing less than 3,500 kilograms involved in traffic accidents with victims “had not passed the corresponding ITV.”
From AECA-ITV they indicated that the checks at ITV stations “play a fundamental role” to reduce the number of traffic accidents and to improve road safety, “by guaranteeing their proper maintenance and proper operation.”
The managing director of the organisation, Guillermo Magaz, stressed that attending the ITV is an “exercise of social responsibility”, since the preventive work they carry out “ensures that all vehicles that circulate on public roads are in good condition and they comply with both safety and environmental regulations”.