Costa Rica Opens Mandatory Vehicle Revision Service

The Ministry of Transportation announced that as of 2012, the mandatory vehicle revision service will be offered by several companies.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Francisco Jiménez, Minister of Public Works and Transportation announced that once the current contract is due with Riteve in July 2012, the service will be offered by several companies.

"We think the time to tender has come and have more than one service provider ... two, three, four providers to ensure that the required investments are made on a timely basis maintaining quality levels," the Minister stated to

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Double review processes, recurring failures with x-ray machine inspection and the absence of a contingency plan for unforeseen delays has generated delays of between 19 and 23 hours for the approval of entry and exit of goods, said the Salvadoran Association of International Freight Carriers (ASTIC).

Monopoly in Vehicle Inspections Continues

June 2012

Due to a lack of real options for having more operators, the government of Costa Rica has renewed for another 10 years the monopolistic contract with Riteve SC.

Although the intentions of the Chinchilla administration - expressed during the election campaign, were to put out to tender the concession for the technical inspection services for vehicles, in the end the contract with the Spanish Riteve SC was renewed for 10 years, during which they will maintain a monopoly of the service.

Competition in Technical Vehicle Inspections

June 2012

While negotiating with the Spanish company Riteve SyC over the extension of it’s contract, which expires on July 15, the government of Costa Rica has been looking for another company in order to de-monopolize the market.

In the last few days the Government has been negotiating another company which would put an end to the monopoly of Riteve SyC, said the vice minister from the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodrigo Rivera.

Tender for Vehicle Inspection Services

December 2011

The government of Costa Rica has announced the cessation of the current monopoly from July 2012, and is preparing a tender so that several companies can provide the service.

An article in quotes Francisco Jiménez, Minister of Public Works and Transport, who notes that they are content with the service provided so far by the company Riteve, and wish them to continue operating in the country, but in a competition with other companies, in particular to provide fixed coverage for vehicle screening services across the country, as at the moment Riteve provides these services using mobile units.

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