ITV queues 'in­tol­er­a­ble'

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS -

CAR-OWN­ERS com-. plain of be­ing stuck in hot, end­less queues to get their ITV tests at the sta­tion in On­dara since the start of sum­mer – and de­lays of up to three weeks in se­cur­ing ap­point­ments.

As the only cen­tre for com­pul­sory ve­hi­cle in­spec­tions in the Ma­rina Alta, res­i­dents from as far away as Jávea, Calpe and Mo­raira have to travel to On­dara for an­nual tests – or bi-an­nual for cars be­tween four and 10 years old – mean­ing back­logs are com­mon­place any­how, but with the district's pop­u­la­tion nearly tre­bling in sum­mer, the is­sue is be­com­ing in­tol­er­a­ble.

Dozens of own­ers have posted pho­tos and videos on so­cial me­dia whilst sit­ting in the queues and crit­i­cised the lack of pro­vi­sions in the area.

Al­though ITV sta­tions are typ­i­cally open from 07.00 to 22.00 with­out stop­ping for lunch, queue-length can still mean own­ers hav­ing to take time off work to en­sure their cars are le­gal on the road.

Pre-book­ing is com­pul­sory in On­dara, but many are find­ing they can­not get a slot in time for their ex­ist­ing ITV's ex­piry date.

The wait­ing list is typ­i­cally around 20 days long at this time of year.

Wor­ried mo­torists given slots late for their due date have been told to carry their ap­point­ment con­fir­ma­tion let­ter with them when driv­ing to show po­lice if stopped.

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