August 5th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The First Supreme Court (Sala I) will hear tomorrow a petition by the Costa Rican Association of Integrated Automotive Workshops (ATICO) to make void the 2002 authorization that put the Spanish-owned Riteve in charge of annual vehicle inspections in Costa Rica.
ATICO president, Eddie Gonzalez, said the union seeks the “absolute nullification” of the 2002 decision.
The union represents more than 80 automotive centers that prior to the arrival of Riteve were authorized by the government to provide annual vehicle inspection and certification.
Gonzalez and ATICO describe Riteve as a monopoly that has cost them millions of colones over the last 12 years.
“We have lost millions of colones, homes, vehicles, land; all this while Riteve accumulates ¢15 billion per year in revenue,” Gonzalez said.
The petition will be heard tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.