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Spain's ITV cost vary by 102% across regions

Mon 11th Dec 2017
Spain's ITV cost vary by 102% across regions

Spanish Consumer Action Group - FACUA - has carried out a study on the regional costings of the annual ITV motor vehicle safety test.

The results for 2017 show differences of up to 102%, depending on the region.

The difference from the cheapest to the most expensive is 64% for Petrol cars, with Andalusia being the cheapest region for vehicles under 1,600 cubic centimetres, and Cantabria, the most expensive.

As for diesel cars, the differences are more than double, 102%, with Extremadura being the cheapest and Madrid, the most expensive.

The average ITV price in Spain during 2017 was EU34.62 for petrol vehicles and EU41.90 for diesel. The average price (including both gasoline and diesel cars) is EU37.89, representing an increase of 0.3%, from 2016.

Difference by Region

The lowest fees were observed in Extremadura (EU26.45 Euros in Government owned stations, and EU32.00 in privately held Stations, and Navarra, EU29.4. Both had the same fee for all vehicle types.

The most expensive ITV price was observed in Madrid at EU53.45 for diesel cars and EU37.70 for petrol vehicle; Cantabria at EU42.80 for petrol cars and EU48.46; Ceuta EU43.95 and EU52.13; the Basque Country EU42.79 for both petrol and diesel cars; and Comunidad Valenciana EU40.29 for petrol cars and EU51.64 for diesel.

The highest increase, in Asturias

Asturias is the autonomous community where ITV tariffs have suffered the highest increase in 2017, 4.5%. Most other regions have kept the same prices as the previous year.

Apart from Asturias, ITV prices have been increased in Galicia (1.2%), the Basque Country (0.7%), Ceuta (0.7%) and Madrid (more than 1% average). Only in the Balearic Islands and especially in Majorca, tariffs have decreased, 0.6%.

The annual study focuses on tariffs of private vehicles, both petrol (with catalytic converter) and diesel cars, as well as motorcycles and motorized bikes. Prices include VAT (or the corresponding IGIC for the Canary Islands and the IPSI for Ceuta and Melilla), but not the traffic tax, which is 3.90 Euros for all the inspections.

Liberalised service in Madrid

Only Madrid has eliminated the tariff regulation (since February 2011), and this coincidentally is where the tariff is the highest for diesel cars.

Each privately held Station can set their own price, however most companies offer discounts to attract clients, depending on the appointment times or others discounts for those clients who buy the appointments online. These discounts were not considered in FACUA's analysis.

Considering all the prices offered by the private operators, the average price for the inspection is EU37.70 for petrol cars, a tariff that is 8.8% above the Spanish average, and EU53.45 for diesel cars, which is 28.6% more than national average.

Types of ITV management

The autonomous communities regulate the tariff that must be applied or the maximum price for it, under which the public and private carriers can compete. There are different models of managing ITVs in Spain, since it's the autonomous communities who regulate the system. There are regions where there are only public inspection stations, managed directly by the Administration or through a public company. It's the case of Andalusia (Veiasa), Asturias (Itvasa) or Comunidad Valenciana (Ivace).

But also, there are some other regions with both public and private ITV stations, with an administrative concession - as in Murcia and Extremadura. In both cases there are important differences in prices, since the amounts charged by public stations do not include VAT, since itís a tax and not a price.

Different ways to set the prices

Andalusia is the region with the most complex system to set the price. It differentiates vehicles, not just if they are petrol or diesel, but also depending on their cylinder capacity. So, it sets a tariff of EU26.10 for petrol cars with less than 1,600 cubic centimetres and EU35.40 for those of a higher cylinder capacity. For diesel cars is similar. The tariff is EU30.79 for less than 1,600 cubic centimetres cars and EU40.00 for the rest.

On the contrary, Extremadura has one single tariff for all vehicles, including motorcycles and motorized bikes. So, in public stations the tariff is EU26.45 Euros and in private stations is EU32 Euros.

The way each region sets their tariffs is quite variable from one autonomous community to another, despite the periodic motor vehicle inspections are regulated by a national law, the Royal Decree 2042/1994 of 14 October, that regulates the periodic motor vehicle inspections.

Not only prices change from one region to another. Tariffs also have different concepts: some include all the revisions and others give details of each concept (gas emissions, noise control, etc), despite all the concepts are mandatory in the inspection.

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