QCOSTARICA – In less than a week, at 4 p.m. Friday, July 15, vehicle inspection company, Riteve SyC, commonly known as “Riteve,” will cease operations in Costa Rica.
The closure comes after 20 years (since 2002) of providing the vehicle inspection service contract and the failure of the previous government’s efforts to extend the contract.
As part of this contract, the Spanish company was to hand over the land, facilities and equipment to the State, which the government will use to continue inspecting the vehicles once it finds a new operator or takes over directly. the service.
The transition appears to have gone smoothly after the company’s initial standoff with MOPT Minister Luis Amador, who demanded the company’s assets be handed over by July 15, before discussing a possible extension.
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Friday, we learned two things: on the one hand, Amador denounces that the company does not want to give up the databases of appointments or the software of equipment; and second, the company demands compensation (payment) of US$30 million from the government.
The amount would be compensation for not having updated tariffs for more than 12 years, tariffs under the control of the regulatory authority, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (ARESEP), a government agency.
This was confirmed by Luis Amador, who claimed at a Friday press conference that the company was making a claim at the wrong time.
“The Attorney General’s office received it (the claim) on June 20, 2022. They are claiming arbitration for financial imbalance, that they did not receive everything they expected in 2007, 2008, 2009. They are remember now, 13 years later, that imbalance?,” Amador joked.
The company alleges financial imbalance and has already filed a claim with the International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration, which is affiliated with the North American Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica (AmCham).
“Indeed, since the end date of the contract is approaching, we have to solve all the problems. Among them is this arbitration requirement. Since it is just being resolved, we will wait for the award to be able to reference it in more detail,” said Jennifer Hidalgo, spokesperson for Riteve.
On July 15, Riteve stations will close and vehicle owners will have to wait for the government to reopen the doors with a new operator in charge under the “precarious use” figure for a period of approximately two years, in the goal that in a period of two years it will select a new operator.
On Friday, Amador was candid that the response to the tender — which Riteve has every right to participate in the bidding process — fell short of expectations. He added that if a suitable operator was not found, Plan B would be activated, which is to say MOPT mechanics would be in charge.
Meanwhile, owners of vehicles whose “riteve” certificate expires this month, July, August, September or October, and up to two months after that, can continue driving without being stopped by traffic police. .
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Vehicle inspection is required under the Ley de Transito (traffic law) to operate on public roads and register new or used vehicles entering the country, among other requirements.