Vehicle Inspections Will Resume in September
Dekra, a Geman company was granted a temporary permit to process vehicle inspections starting in September. The contract with RITEVE, as Spaniard company, ended on July 15th , pursuant to which the CR Government granted a
Dekra, a Geman company was granted a temporary permit to process vehicle inspections starting in September.
The contract with RITEVE, as Spaniard company, ended on July 15th , pursuant to which the CR Government granted a moratorium for vehicle owners who were required to complete the inspection in the months of July, August and September.
Dekra was among 11 companies competing for the government bid. The transitory permit that was granted is valid for a period of two years which will allow the COSEVI (Road Safety Administration) to complete a the bidding process to grant formally grant a contract for a longer period of time.
President Rodrigo Chaves made an announcement last Wednesday along with the Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) Luis Amador. Chavez noted that among the selection criteria, the fee for the inspection proposed by the company was weighed, as well as the experience in relation to the number of inspections carried out. He added that this firm offered not to charge in case of re-inspections when they are minimal defects and that it will charge half when vehicles with serious or several faults have to be subjected to a second inspection.
In addition, Chaves assured that this company has been operating for nearly 100 years and has proven to have carried out more than 188 million revisions a year, with profits of 3 million euros per year. According to company information, it provides services in at least 20 countries. In Latin America it has a presence in Chile and Mexico.
The MOPT estimates that the new operator (Dekra) will start providing technical inspections at the end of September in the 13 permanent stations and four mobile stations.
In the meantime, the ministry has set up a minimum number of places at the Alajuelita station, where new or used imported vehicles, owners who are late with the inspection, are received exclusively and in accordance with an established schedule, that is, whose vehicles have license plates completed in 1, 2, 3 and 4, and public transport vehicles that carry out two inspections a year, as is the case of buses and taxis.
For the rest of the users, whose plates end in 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, there is an exemption from the technical review requirement to circulate in the country during these months. Once the new operator starts serving, each of these boards will have between one and two months to catch up.
Despite the announcement of the rate reduction made by the president, at the press conference it was not specified whether it will be applied to the reduction that the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) approved at the beginning of this month, of between 44% and 49%, or if it will be on the rate that Riteve offered. For now, Dekra must provide the service with the current rates.
These are the rates that people must pay for the inspection of vehicles.