Extremadura has the cheapest ITV and Madrid the most expensive for diesel cars

The periodic motor vehicle inspections tariffs have differences of 102% depending on the region, according to FACUA's analysis

Asturias, has been had the biggest increase of prices, 4.5%.

The periodic motor vehicle inspections tariffs have differences of 102% depending on the region, according to FACUA's analysis

FACUA-Consumers in Action has carried out, as every year, a comparative study on tariffs for periodic motor vehicle inspections (ITV, according to its initials in Spanish) in the seventeen autonomous communities (see chart in Spanish). 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 gasoline 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 price for ITV in Spain in 2017 is 34.62 Euros for gasoline vehicles and 41.90 Euros for diesel cars. The average price (including both gasoline and diesel cars) is 37.89 Euros, which means a little increase, 0.3%, from 2016.

The most expensive and the cheapest

The lowest fee is in Extremadura (26.45 Euros in those stations directly managed by the region's Government, and 32 Euros in those under administrative concession), and Navarra, 29.4 Euros. Both have the same prices for all kind of cars.

The most expensive price for the ITV is the one applied in Madrid (where there is no Government's regulation and prices are free, the average price for the analysed stations is 53.45 Euros for diesel cars and 37.70 Euros for gasoline vehicles), Cantabria (42.80 Euros for gasoline cars and 48.46 for diesel vehicles), Ceuta (43.95 Euros and 52.13 Euros), the Basque Country (42.79 Euros for both gasoline and diesel cars) and Comunidad Valenciana (40.29 for gasoline cars and 51.64 Euros for diesel cars).

The highest increase, in Asturias

On the other hand, 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%.

FACUA’s annual study focuses in tariffs of private vehicles, both gasoline (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 there is precisely where the tariff is the most expensive of Spain for diesel cars. Each private operator set their own price, but it’s true that 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 37.70 Euros for gasoline cars, a tariff that is 8.8% above the Spanish average, and 53.45 Euros 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. It's the case of Murcia and Extremadura. In both cases there are important differences in prices, since the amounts charged by public stations do not include VAT, since it’s 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 gasoline or diesel, but also depending on their cylinder capacity. So, it sets a tariff of 26.10 Euros for gasoline cars with less than 1,600 cubic centimetres and 35.40 for those of a higher cylinder capacity. For diesel cars is similar. The tariff is 30.79 Euros for less than 1,600 cubic centimetres cars and 40 Euros 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 26.45 Euros and in private stations is 32 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.