THE price of ITV inspections can vary by more than double across Spanish provinces, according to a consumer watchdog study.
The priciest region for a check-up is Castilla y Leon – clocking in at €55.72 for a diesel car – while Extremadura offers petrol and diesel ITVs for only €26.19.
The investigation – carried out by FACUA Consumers in Action – comes as Andalucia’s Economic Councillor, Jose Sanchez Maldonado, has cut ITV charges by up to 45% for cars under 1600cc and vehicles for the disabled.
Maldonado claims these rollbacks will result in €15 million in savings across Spain.
According to Sanchez, the high ITV prices not only put added pressure on car-owners in a time of recession, but the Junta discovered that car-owners were avoiding necessary inspections to postpone paying up.
Valencia has followed Andalucia’s lead and has implemented similar policies.