Supervision and Control welcomed five new workers at the headquarters of the Vehicle Technical Inspection (ITV) at Espirito Santo. During the next 12 months, as their prize, these selected workers will receive paid training and work experience in different ITV stations in Galicia. The five lucky workers are future mechanics that last year partipated in the Competition “Reinventing the ITV” and whose projects were selected by a panel of experts and chaired by Luis Moya, the Ex-World Rally Champion.
Our winners were a team of four students from the Someso institute in A Coruña: Yago Amigo, Víctor Parada, Álvaro of Andrés and Juan Manuel Pose. For personal reasons, only the last two have been able to accept the scholarship. They both explained their innovative proposal.
“Our project consisted in developing a plan of diagnosis that tries to identify the faults on the vehicles that are not easily spotted with the naked eye and also to identify any cases of fraud relating to the Vehicle Technical Inspection”.
Through the On Board Diagnostics (OBD) port, a central computer system for cars, we can detect any errors relating to safety (airbag, ABS…). This system is already being used in a number of garages and it is proposed to include this in the technical inspection.
Other prize-winners, Rubén Pacheco and David González, of the Ferrolterra institute, also began their work experience. They suggested some improvements in our ITV, like installing illuminated signs that order and speed up the access to the inspection lines. They also came up with the idea of placing a type of ATM machine which allows drivers to request a pre-arranged appointment at anytime. Other improvements will shorten queues at the inspection lines , “ seven times smaller than at present”, they explained. These changes will enable drivers to save time as well as increasing safety.
Also Jonathan Otero, a student from Vigo, will benefit from paid working experience thanks to his project which suggested the implementation of a digital card that would replace paper documentation. This card, similar to the electronic identity card, would contain all the data of the vehicle. In addition, his team proposed the creation of an application for mobiles that would allow the user to request a normal appointment or alternatively, to reserve a place at an attached mini-workshop that offers instant repair facilities for small defects detected in the cars.
Our technicians are already working in developing and implementing these ideas.