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Martes, 22 octubre 2019 02:54


The electronic ITV card (eITV) project aims to establish a communication channel between Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers (OEM) and the Public Administrations involved in vehicle type-approval and registration processes.

To date, the process that should be followed to register a motor vehicle included several steps: manufacturers had to submit a number of documents to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism (hereinafter referred as 'MINETUR') in person, MINETUR then verified that the manufacturer was registered on the Register of Signatures of Manufacturers and Representatives, that the vehicle to be registered had the relevant national or European type approval, that the Production Conformity of such manufacturer was appropriate and, if applicable, authorized the manufacturer to issue ITV cards on paper. The manufacturer had to appear in person at the MINETUR again to purchase such cards and subsequently had to print one at a time using dot matrix printers. These cards were then sent to dealers and sometimes to financial institutions by courier service until they finally reached the Directorate-General for Traffic for registration, as a result of the sale of the vehicle to the citizen. Copies of these cards were later distributed to various national and regional administrations to facilitate the exercise of their powers.

It can be inferred from the above that this model makes manufacturers bear the significant cost associated with requesting the card authorisation, purchase, printing, managing printing errors and with distributing ITV cards among the different actors involved for their subsequent registration. All these manual processes take a considerable amount of time and security is compromised, not only the security of the card itself as it could be stolen in every transaction, but also because authorities cannot set in place any exhaustive control mechanism to ensure that the data appearing on the cards are valid.

To overcome these problems, all the procedures conducted in person at MINETUR related to the authorisation and supervision for issuing ITV cards as well as those at DGT to inform of the vehicle technical data to be registered have been replaced by electronic procedures. Shipments of documents have been replaced by web services and the cardboard ITV card is now an XML file.

Both e-ITV and e-registration are clear examples of how ICT innovation applied to administrative management translates into a significant cost saving in the industrial sector, it also provides added value to the citizen as it reduces significantly the time for registering a vehicle, it increases the reliability of the data at the disposal of the Administration and it provides relevant authorities security and control mechanisms that had not been possible so far.

This service brings significant benefits to all the actors involved: to the business sector (dealers and vehicle manufacturers and importers), to the public administrations and to citizens.

To the business sector (dealers and vehicle manufacturers and importers):

This project allows them to improve productivity in the processes for authorising and issuing ITV cards as well as for sending and registering them.

Furthermore, this project leads to important savings in terms of costs, since all those procedures that had to be conducted in person at MINETUR and at DGT required for issuing ITV cards and for registering vehicles are removed. In addition, OEM will no longer need to use dot matrix printers or print ITV cards one at a time. Logistics will mean an important cost saving because, thanks to the new project, it will not be necessary to send hard copies of the cards to the concerned actors; the correction of errors will not involve the recovery of all the sent cards to reprint them.

This new system indirectly shortens vehicle storage periods significantly until it is sold and registered, thus there is an additional cost saving for the entire automotive sector.

Another major benefit of this service is an increase in the security level when cards are being transmitted prior to registration. This point is very important because if these cards are stolen at this stage so are the vehicles.

Manufacturers can now consult, correct or cancel electronically the data entered. They will also know at all times the status of their requests either at MINETUR or at DGT, as well as that of the sent cards.

To the citizen

This system will significantly shorten the vehicle registration time since the dealer will be able to deliver the vehicle to the citizen much earlier and they will also facilitate formalities to settle taxes on vehicle registration.

To the Public Administrations

This service means an improvement in productivity in the processes for authorising and controlling ITV cards both by MINETUR and by DGT as well as for the registration of the vehicle.

It incorporates a series of security measures such as secure channels of communication, use of electronic signatures and e-registries that ensure authenticity, confidentiality and integrity of the entered data.

The Administration also benefits from the quality of the data provided in the e-ITV cards because errors in the data are avoided. The data entered on the General Register of Vehicles will no longer be manually input, the entire process will be conducted online and data will be reliable because it is the manufacturer or importer the person who enters them.

In addition, computerization of the data will enable public administrations to set control mechanisms that had not been possible to implement so far. They will have ITV card databases enabling the verification of the data in order to detect potential irregularities or fraud in the issuance of cards and registration of vehicles.

The eITV project and telematic registration covers more than one million vehicles that are registered annually in Spain; therefore, it is remarkable the savings in time and costs and the improvement of the quality of the process to register vehicles in Spain.

The first of the final provisions of Royal Decree 667/2015 amending the General Regulations on Road Traffic establishes the amendment to General Regulations on Vehicles approved by Royal Decree 2822/1998 of 23 December.

Its content reads as follows:

 The first of the final provisions. Amendment to General Regulations on Vehicles approved by Royal Decree 2822/1998 of 23 December.

Number 4 under paragraph A) "Ordinary registration" in Annex XIII "Registration" to the General Regulations on Vehicles approved by Royal Decree 2822/1998 of 23 December will be read as follows:

"4. Tarjeta de inspección técnica (Roadworthiness certificate) which shall be issued either on paper or electronically. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ITV cards type B for vehicles within categories M or N and type BL shall compulsorily be issued electronically.

If the vehicle is imported, the Single Administrative Document (SAD) or an alternative document shall be submitted when the vehicle comes from an EEA State other than Spain unless the roadworthiness certificate contains the import certificate".

The fourth of the final provisions. Entry into force.

1. This Royal Decree shall enter into force on 1 October 2015.

2. However, the first of the final provisions, specifically the last indent of paragraph 1 (4) on the obligatory nature of issuing roadworthiness certificates electronically, shall enter into force on the following dates:

a) 11 November 2015, for roadworthiness certificates type B of vehicles within categories M or N.

b) 11 May 2016, for roadworthiness certificates type BL.

Manufacturers and importers that are currently issuing ITV cards type B electronically are:

  • VOLKSWAGEN GROUP (Seat, Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda)
  • Renault-Nissan Alliance  (Renault, Nissan and Dacia)
  • BMW (BMW, MINI and BMWi)
  • PSA Group (Citroën and Peugeot)
  • Mazda
  • Honda
  • Daimler Group (Mercedes Benz, Mercedes AMG and Smart)
  • Volvo
  • Scania
  • Porsche
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover

Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers (OEM) will send the necessary data and will request the authorisation to issue eITVs; MINETUR will access the various internal systems and will validate the data provided. Having done so, MINETUR will authorise OEM to issue the cards. MINETUR and OEM will exchange data during these transactions, both via web services and a web application; OEM will be informed at all times of the status of their request.

OEM will create XML files detailing the data of the vehicles whose roadworthiness certificate (ITV) they intend to issue and will send them to MINETUR and to DGT via web services. If, during this process, OEM makes an error then they will be able to cancel the issued cards and send them again once corrected, provided they had not been registered.

In order to ensure maximum security, cross-checks are included to report any incidence relating to the entered e-card. When the OEM enters the card, DGT will consult MINETUR to verify that there is no obstacle to do so. MINETUR will consult DGT to know the status of the card before printing any correction or cancellation.

Once the ITV card has been received electronically at DGT, this card goes through a validator of the vehicle technical data. Its aim is to ensure the coherence of the data sent by the manufacturer and to perform, at this stage, the validation that to date was done when registering the vehicle. From the moment the card has passed this stage, data remain unchanged until the registration (unless the OEM corrects them).

DGT's EITV system is supported by an extension of the General Vehicle Register: the Pre-registered Vehicle Register (RVP, in Spanish). This Register contains the data included in ITV cards, in an electronic format, about a vehicle during its entire life, starting when its "pre-registration" is requested, i.e. to enter a vehicle that has not been registered by DGT yet. DGT assigns a unique identification number to each pre-registered vehicle: the vehicle identification number (NIVE). The uniqueness of the NIVE number will avoid current problems arising from VIN number duplications in the future.

From this moment onwards, the card passes through several DGT systems that incorporate into the electronic card the chain of custody of the cardboard card among the actors involved in the process until the dealer releases the card for its registration with the sale to the definite client.

The DGT systems also allow other administrations to consult the technical data necessary to carry out their duties, thus eliminating the shipment of the certificates in paper format. Law enforcement agencies will also be able to block cards due to several causes prior to their registration; so, they contribute to the fight against vehicle fraud.

Once the card is released, the vehicle can be registered. This process can be conducted either in person at Traffic Departments or online via the vehicle registration web service used by the Administrative Agent Associations by virtue of the Management Entrustment Agreement signed with DGT. In this case, the Agent system will consult the RVP to recover the technical data necessary to settle the taxes payable to the various Administrations and will send an XML file digitally signed including the request for registration - here the only required technical data of the vehicle is the NIVE number.

When DGT receives such request for registration through its Telematic Register, the registration business data are validated and the e-ITV card data are retrieved through the RVP to enter them in the General Vehicle Register, where fully reliable information is stored thanks to the previous electronic processes.

The electronic registration system will return the Agent a provisional registration certificate with the registration number assigned to the vehicle and a copy of the eITV card; the citizen will be able to apply for the compulsory insurance and start driving the vehicle without delay. The process of registering a vehicle used to be an extremely bureaucratic procedure that lasted several days but nowadays it can be completed in a few minutes.

For further information, manufacturers and importers should contact DGT at: