According to our latest figures, almost four out of every ten mopeds in Coruña failed their Technical Inspection. Despite the fact that since January this inspection was compulsory for all motorbikes under 50 cc. and older than three years, only 173 of these vehicles passed the inspection in the first three months of the year. The majority of these inspection failures are caused by illegal enhancements made by the drivers which include for example, exhaust pipes not adhering to permitted levels of noise pollution or the removal of speed limiters. In Spain, mopeds can not circulate more than 50 km/h. Just in Coruña, there are more than 4,100 mopeds registered, although not all are more than three years old. In addition, experts calculate that there are still at least 90% of these types of vehicles that still have not been subjected to an inspection.
These facts do not surprise Garages in the city. “There is a lack of information and the drivers do not know that they have to pass it” explains José Manuel Cascales, of the Provincial Association of Garages (APT). Similarly, the local guild of vehicle professionals is not surprised by the number of failures. “Tunning is very fashionable nowadays, especially among young people, and some mopeds appear to be completely different after they have been tuned” he assures.
It should be pointed out that the garages that are involved in this practice are committing an irregularity. The real problem of these illegal enhancements? is there poor quality with obviously leads to the corresponding risks for the motorist and for other people.