Car Testing in Spain

If a car is over four years old it will be necessary to have the vehicle undertake a road safety test, generally known as an ITV in Spain (similar to an MOT in the UK). This must be undertaken every two years until the car is ten years old when it is then compulsory to take the Spanish ITV every year.

The vehicle must be taken to a ITV (Inspeccion Technica de Vehiculos) testing station, where a series of checks will be made to ensure the car meets the safety standards required to use the roads in Spain. Many garages will, for a fee, check your vehicle over prior to testing and even take it to the testing station for you.

Once the ITV is passed you will be issued with a certificate, the original of which must be kept in your vehicle in case the police stop you and wish to inspect it.

Failures under the test will be listed on a separate sheet and you will be allowed 15 days in which to get the faults repaired and have a re-test at the ITV test centre.

You will also be issued with a sticker which should be displayed in the window of your vehicle, or adhered to your motorcycle, on an easy to view area. The Sticker displays the year and month that the ITV on that vehicle expires.

Motorcycles (up to 49cc) Up to four years old are exempt from an ITV test. After four years they must be subject to an ITV test every two years. Motorcycles (50cc and over) Up to three years old are exempt from an ITV test. Older than three years then an ITV inspection must be completed every two years. Private Cars up to four years old are exempt. Between four years and ten a test is needed every two years. Older than 10 years requires a test each year.  Some older commercial vehicles require a test every 6 months.

The Usual tests are carried out to the vehicle, including examination of the brakes, steering joints, suspension, lighting and engine emissions. Standards of the Spanish ITV have become considerably stricter.

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