The Policía de Transito and the transport ministry are spending about $1.5 million a year to keep some 31,000 confiscated vehicles.
And that does not count the fines for harboring places where mosquitoes can breed.
So the Partido Acciú
n Ciudadana introduced a bill Wednesday that would speed up the process and allow the government to claim title to vehicles three months after judicial approval is given. The ministry said that the system now is confusing and complex.
The vehicles end up on traffic police lots for a variety of reasons, including accidents or because the driver was issued traffic tickets. The fines now range into the hundreds of dollars, and many drivers simply walk away from the vehicle. The fines usually go with the vehicle instead of the driver, and owners cannot register their vehicles each December if there are fines outstanding.
The bill also will clarify which part of the ministry is in charge of handling the confiscated vehicles.
Vehicles that are suitable will be used by the ministry or the traffic police, under terms of the bill. Those that are not will be handled as junk.