The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said it donated 217 vehicles to the Asociación Obras del Espíritu Santo to support its work with children. The ministry still has about 14,000 vehicles to go.
The vehicles all were put in the custody of the ministry before Feb. 28, 2010. Some were involved in accidents. Others have outstanding traffic tickets. They range from twisted and torn metal to a pristine Mercedes.
The traffic laws provide for donations to public agencies, educational institutions and social welfare organizations. The confiscated car lots are all over the country.
The ministry estimated that it will take eight years to donate all 14,000 vehicles.