Banco BAC Banco BCR Banco Nacional Banco Popular Banco Scotiabank

Nearly 50% of Vehicles in Costa Rica Fail Riteve Inspections

Riteve Vehicle Inspections Costa RicaGas emissions and brake failures continue to be the main reasons why vehicles failed the annual vehicular inspection for 2013, according to Riteve.

By the numbers, in 2013, 48% of all vehicles failed the test on the first go round, down from a 71% failure rate in 2003.

Other causes for failure, said Riteve spokesperson, Jennifer Hidalgo, included problems with seatbelts and tension bars.

All vehicles in Costa Rica must be submitted once a year (taxis twice a year) to a full mechanical inspection. Vehicles failing the inspection have up to 30 days to correct the problem(s) and submit to a re-inspection. The cost for re-inspection is 50% of the full inspection.

Re-inspection must be done at the same station as the original inspection. After the 30 day re-inspection period, a vehicle must be submitted for full inspection. Also, drivers of vehicles in the process of re-inspection and over their inspection month, are subject to a traffic fine if pulled over.

Many are under the false impression that there is a 30 day grace period while in re-inspection. But in fact, according to the Ley de Tránsito (Traffic Law) any vehicle without the current Riteve is subject to a fine. A vehicle in the re-inspection process is not current if past the inspection month.

For the holiday period, all Riteve stations will be closed on January 1st. All other days, except Sundays when stations are normally closed and December 31 closing at noon, all stations will operate normal hours.

Article by

Print Friendly
Nearly 50% of Vehicles in Costa Rica Fail Riteve Inspections
0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

Related Articles

Vehicle Revision Fee Increase Rejected in Costa Rica

The Regulatory Authority on Public Services (Spanish acronym: ARESEP) has summarily rejected a fee increase request tendered by the Spanish firm in charge...

Changes to Technical and Safety Vehicle Inspections in Costa Rica

The Highway Security Council in Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: COSEVI) announced yesterday afternoon that a new vehicular technical and safety revision...

Opposed Views After Renewal of Riteve’s Contract for 10 More Years

As of June 1st, a new set of regulations has come into effect based on the requirements established by Consejo de Seguridad Vial (COSEVI) which Riteve...

Huge Riteve inspection price increase, creates outcry in Costa Rica

A petition by the Riteve inspection company for a huge 157% price hike in mandatory vehicle inspections in January has raised outcries of rage and pain...

Popular Content