This was the most remarkable piece of data presented in the annual presentation of the 2013 Annual Report by Carmen Fernández, our spokesperson, in relation to the Vehicle Technical Inspections carried out in Galicia by SYC.ITV. In total, 1.3 million inspections were carried out, a 6% increase compared to 2012 and which can be related to the rise in the lifespan of the cars on Galician roads.
With this in mind, our general director, Juan Diego Rodríguez, highlighted that currently, the average age of the vehicles is 11 years, compared with the 9 years before the crisis. He also pointed out that the main defects encountered in the vehicles were related to failures in the electrical system, axes, wheels and brakes.
Supervision and Control carried out 1.3 million inspections in 2013 and the greatest number of defects found were connected to the lighting, the axes and the brakes.
The managers from our 23 fixed stations and 10 mobile units, highlighted the fact that the inspections led to the repair of 313,000 vehicles and, based on a study published by the University of Carlos III, last year prevented 1,100 accidents, 17 deaths and 1,100 injuries.
In contrast, and on the negative side, some 40,000 vehicles drove on the roads in 2013 with an out-of-date technical inspection disc, despite warnings informing the owners of this fact. Another new development offered this year was the fact that Supervision and Control was granted permission to build a new station in Nigrán and a ATP Testing Station in Espíritu Santo.
The deputy director of Industrial Development, Ricardo Baños, also attended the presentation and pointed out that the technical inspections have led to increase road safety, a reduction of the levels of pollution and greater energy efficiency.