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New Measures to Monitor ITV and Vehicle History

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As part of the new wave of reforms aimed at modernising traffic monitoring and road safety, the DGT has announced the creation and propagation of a database of vehicle movements and history, which will then be checkable by future interested parties.

The technology behind this scheme will see camera installed around the road network, and at the entrances and exits of towns and cities, which will record the registration number of vehicles as they pass.

The database will also link to the ITV test reports, recording faults or issues, and will collate information from traffic incidents, crashes and repairs.

The maintenance schedule will not initially be mandatory, but will be based on a technological platform that will collect the digitized workshop sheets that record all the operations that are done on the vehicle. Because not all workshops have the appropriate computer technology, a deadline will be given for them to adapt.

In addition, to make drivers aware of the need to pass the ITV (between 1.5 and 2 million vehicles are currently believed to be on the roads without a valid certificate), the DGT will deploy intensive campaigns which will be repeated periodically.

At the moment, when speed detecting radars detect a vehicle that exceeds the speed limits, it automatically checks if the ITV has been passed and if it has mandatory insurance in place.

Now, according to Gregorio Serrano, the Director General of the DGT, it is a matter of taking one step further and will not only be controlled through the radars, but also with the licence plate readers that are installed in the vicinity of the roads and other points of the road network.

When they is detect that the vehicle has not passed the ITV or if it went for an inspection and failed, the DGT will automatically send a warning. If, on the second occasion, appropriate action has not been taken, the DGT will automatically issue a fine.

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