According to the latest data from the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies, 5.6 million cars were insured as of December, down from 5.8 million in July. In 2014, a total of 5.5 million tax vignettes have been purchased, compared to 6 million last year.
"Besides the cost of the inspection, car owners are afraid of the findings and how much they will cost," stated Konstantinos Vikas, director of a technical inspection centre. If, for example, the tyres are worn out, the owner must replace them and then pay for a second examination to obtain the document.
A cross-check of databases between the ministries of Transport and Finance is still being developed in order to levy fines directly against owners of uninsured or uninspected vehicles.
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GREECE: Three million vehicles in Greece uninspected