If you need to have your vehicle inspected before the end of the year, this week is a great one for doing so, with most on vacation the Revisión Técnica Vehicular (RITEVE) reports low flow of vehicles.

This is totally contrary to years past when the end of the year mad rush was on, as vehicle owners scurried to get the inspection to pay the year end Marchamo.

Berlioth Herrera, spokesperson for Riteve, informs that though there is steady traffic at all stations across the country, you can get an appointment for the next day without any problem.

Remember, that it takes 24-48 hours (not counting weekends) for the Riteve inspection to show up on the INS system. That is, if you leave the inspection to Friday it is unlikely you will be able to pay the Marchamo on Saturday or Monday, the last day before the new year.

Starting on January 2, when banks re-open, fines and penalties will be added to the original outstanding amount.

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