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ITV Inspections
Written by Geoff Jones & Yvonne Ferrier   
Friday, 05 June 2009


Updated May 2011 

ITV  “Inspección Técnica de Vehiculós” is the equivalent of an MOT in England. All cars older than four years are required to have an ITV inspection every two years. Once it is over 10 years old an ITV will be needed annually. These rules apply to standard, private use  vehicles only. 

Some vehicles such as the Citroen Berlingo, Renault Kangoo and Hyundai H1  are treated as semi commercial and require a first test at 2 years of age. Check your Ficha Técnica document for more information.

See the MIR website for more information on other classes of vehicle.

The nearest ITV station to Chiclana is on the same Industrial Estate as Leroy Merlin and Media Markt at Puerto Real.

Poligono Industrial Tres Caminos 10 - 15
11510 Puerto Real
902 702 727 

For appointments: http://www.itvcita.com/ or 902702727

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More information at http://www.veiasa.es

There is another one in San Fernando where you can book appointments online. http://www.itvcita.com                         The information in this article refers to the ITV station in Puerto Real.

All ITV inspections at Puerto Real need to be pre-booked, you have to ring 902702727   or book online. When you ring they will ask for your marticula, this is your car registration, then your name. When you have agreed a day and time you will be given a reference number to quote when you arrive for the ITV.

Appointment Day

Make sure you have all your car documentation with you.

When you arrive at the Test Centre, park in the main car park and go to the office. There was a small queue when we arrived in the office with some people waiting to begin the inspection and others waiting for their certificates.  We were eventually called to the desk and asked for our reference number. We then paid for the test (44,19€ in 2009) and received some paper documentation to present to the inspector. We were also advised which queue to use. (We have been told that this has now changed and after registering you wait outside in your car and wait for your car registration to be called)

Before you enter your appointed queue you need to make sure all your seatbelts are available for testing and all doors are unlocked. During the first part of the test the inspector will open all the doors from the outside and  check all the seatbelts.

The following explains the part you must play during the inspection. The actual tests described are not a comprehensive list but just include those where you need to interact with the inspector. You will receive a document at the end of the inspection which itemises the actual tests made.

Wait in the queue until the inspector signals for you to turn into the bay. With the new appointments system there was only a short wait for us. The documentation advises that your engine should be at its normal working temperature as you begin the test so it is probably best to keep your engine running as you wait for your turn. (I think this is so the emissions test produces an accurate result so it is best to follow this advice).

When the inspector is ready he will beckon you forward and signal exactly where you should stop for the first part of the test.

First Part of the Inspection 

This consists of checks on all of your exterior light bulbs - you will be asked to switch on in turn: 

  • Indicators
  • Side lights and rear lights
  • Reverse lights
  • Brake Lights
  • Rear High Intensity lights
  • Dipped Headlights
  • Full Beam Headlights.
  • Hazard Warning lights

I don’t believe there is a set order but from the various gesticulations of the inspector you should be able to work out when to do each part of the sequence. (It is obviously a good idea to check your lights just before attending the ITV centre and don’t forget that it is law to carry spare bulbs with you).

The inspector will ask you to release your bonnet and will then check the oil level (and maybe other levels as well).

Ours is a diesel car and emmisions testing is done towards the end of the inspection but for petrol cars it is done during this first stage. You will need to rev the engine to 2,500 rpm or as instructed by the inspector.

Second Part of the Inspection 

This is concerned with the braking efficiency of your car. It is a roller test where you drive your vehicle into a ‘dip’ lined with motorised cylindrical rotators.

You will be beckoned forward initially to position your front wheels into the ‘dip’ and you will feel this quite clearly.

You need to switch off your engine, disengage the handbrake and keep you foot off all pedals with the gear lever in neutral. You might think your car will begin to move once the rollers are started and my instinct was to put my foot on the brake – but you should only do this when the inspector asks you to.

The rollers are started and this rotates the front wheels of your car. When the inspector is ready he will ask you to apply the foot brake. This gives friction to the rollers which shows up on the dial of the machine. When the time comes you should depress the brake pedal progressively right down to the floor so that the maximum efficiency of your brakes can be recorded.

The instructor may ask you to repeat the sequence (as he did in my case probably because I wasn’t doing it properly).

After this has been completed satisfactorily you will then be asked to start your engine and drive forward to engage your rear wheels with the cylinder. Then the tests are repeated for the foot brake. (remember the foot brake operates on all four wheels).

Next you will be asked to apply the handbrake and not to use the pedals in order that the efficiency of the hand brake can be measured. So it’s a good idea to pull it on as hard as you can as if parking on a steep hill.

Third Part of the Inspection 

This part of the test is concerned with the emissions level from your exhaust pipe. You will be beckoned forward and again shown where to stop your vehicle. Your engine needs to be running for this part of the test

The inspector will attach a tube to your exhaust pipe so the machine can sample the emissions. When the inspector is ready he will ask you to ‘rev’ your engine. This should be done by pressing the accelerator right down to the floor and then releasing it. Don’t make the mistake I made by revving up repeatedly as though I was about to start the “Grand Prix”. You might hear the words “fuerte” or “suelo” from the inspector (hopefully though not “tonto”)

Fourth Part of the Inspection 

This part of the test is concerned with safety checks. You will be beckoned to drive over an inspection pit so that initially the front part of your vehicle is over the pit. The inspector goes down some stairs and observes as your vehicle is ‘agitated’ (it feels a bit like going on simulator at a leisure park but maybe not as intense – hopefully !)

At some point you are asked by an assistant inspector to turn your steering wheel rapidly to the left and then to the right. (In my case they he leaned in through the window to do this as my Spanish had become conspicuously absent at this point and I’d forgotten what to do).

You will then be asked to move your vehicle slightly forward to check the rear axle.

Fifth Part of the Inspection 

At this point you have reached the far end of the building so it is very tempting to drive off at this point. Don’t!

You now are asked to switch on dip-beam headlights and the alignment of your beam is measured with a machine.

If your vehicle has passed you will be handed your new ITV sticker, this is valid for two more years.

If your car fails you will be given 15 days to repair it. Take it to the rear of the shed where you exited, get out and wave the paper and they will do an instant retest whenever they can.

Back to the Office 

You now need to drive back to the main car park and go back to the office. Your name will be called to collect your stamped updated documents.

If you do have to wait you will be pleased to hear the office has a bar and toilets.




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