Zombie cars are still a concern for the DGT and will send letters with the idea of combating them. We announced it a few days ago: Traffic is working on new measures to prevent fraud from temporary cancellations . The most immediate, a letter that the DGT will send to put an end to the zombie cars .
The latest data provided by the General Directorate of Traffic show a notable increase in temporary vehicle casualties. This situation, allowed by law, is contemplated for moments in which the vehicle is expected to be a long season without driving. In this way, the expenses it generates are avoided: taxes , insurance , ITV (if it corresponds to seniority …).
The problem is that, sometimes, this 100% legal situation gives rise to fraud. Traffic has detected two fraudulent situations:
Cars that continue to circulate despite being temporarily canceled. They represent a problem for safety because on many occasions they are not in a condition to circulate and, in addition, they are doing it without insurance that covers them
Cars that have been delivered to a scrapyard for scrapping , but that the treatment center has not permanently deregistered and are then sold on the used or parts market
The letter that the DGT will send to fight against ‘zombie’ cars
Either of the two previous situations describe what the DGT calls zombie cars .
With the sending of letters that Traffic now announces, it is intended to fight, especially, with the second practice, that is, with the fraud that is generated when a driver temporarily deregisters his vehicle and delivers it to the scrapyard waiting for this process the definitive discharge and scrap the vehicle, which does not happen.
” The new communication from the DGT will put vehicle owners on guard to prevent them from being deceived and will inform offenders of their responsibilities, ” they explain from the Spanish Automobile Scrapping and Recycling Association ( AEDRA ).
As explained by this association, at the time the temporary cancellation is noted , the owner of the vehicle will receive a letter informing him about his legal situation and the problems that he may incur if his car is misused.
AEDRA also considers it essential to establish a maximum period of temporary withdrawal (something that the DGT has also said it is studying). Together with SIGRAUTO and other associations, it has proposed that one or two years after its launch, the registration be reactivated automatically. This would mean that the vehicle would once again pay the Road Tax, the mandatory insurance …