Can I choose the station I want to use to undertake the ITV?

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Yes. In Spain you can select the ITV station you wish as long as it is a legal and authorised station. There is an exception to the rule though. If you live in a Spanish region, such as the Valencian Community, which in 2002 passed the “Law of Noise Pollution”:

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A). – “Law7/2002 of 3rdDecember of the Generalitat Valenciana, of Protection Against Noise Pollution.”

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Subsequently, a decree in 2004 was issued to specify the obligation for all vehicles, whose legal address was in Valencia, to pass the noise emission test.

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B). – “Decree 19/2004 of 13th February established by the “Consell of the Generalitat” laying down rules for the control of noise from motor vehicles.”

Article 6: Periodic testing of noise from vehicles

1. Vehicles with log books legally registered in any municipality within the Valencian Community fall with the scope of this Decree and therefore are required to undergo a verification of noise emission levels.

2. After a period of adaptation of the ITV stations, if one of these vehicles which is included in this Decree takes its technical inspection in an ITV station outside of Valencia, the owner must take the vehicle for an additional inspection within one month, checking the noise emission levels in an ITV station based in the Valencian region.

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A). “Law 7/2002 of 3rd December, established by the Generalitat Valenciana, Protection Against Noise Pollution.”

Article 4: Administrative Power

1.The “Generalitat” and local authorities will exercise their administrative power in coordination to ensure the effective implementation of such tests.

Article52: Noise Control

1. The officers monitoring traffic on the road will formulate fines for the infringement of this Act if they determine that, by using noise measuring devices and by the procedure established by regulation, the noise produced by a vehicle exceeds the stipulated limits.

2. If the vehicle’s noise should go beyond the limits established by more than 6dB (A), it will be immobilised and transferred to agencies authorised for such occasions. The owner of the vehicle, having previously submitted the documentation of car, will be able to take the car by means of a tow truck, cargo or any other method which enables the vehicle to be delivered to a mechanic without starting the ignition of the vehicle.

Article54: Inspections

1. The inspecting authority which underwrites all activities relating to this law are town halls and other regional administration departments who are involved in this field.

Article57:Penalties

2. Town halls and the “Generalitat” will be responsible for the execution of penalties stated under this Article.

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In short: Regional and local police forces are responsible for ensuring that this noise policy is fulfilled. Since this is a Regional regulation, the police will deliver the fines to the corresponding Spanish region depending on the area.

As for the Guardia Civil Traffic Division, if the vehicle exceeds the noise level established, and based on the officer’s judgement, the vehicle may go through a test sound and issued with a fine, proceeded by the immobilisation of the vehicle until the problem is repaired. The fine will be delivered to the Provincial Traffic Office, as it is reported under the General Driving Regulations.

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Information translated by David Ruiz from /torreviejatranslation.com/.

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