Ron from Colima (a Yucalandia reader) offered the following update on foreign plated vehicles with invalid Temporary Import Permits (TIPs).
“Illegal Vehicles Impounded.
Aduana in co-operation with State Police this week, April 25, 2016, reportedly seized and impounded illegal vehicles in Manzanillo Colima.
At roadside check points, drivers were asked to exit their vehicles and take with them only what was in their possession. They were not allowed to remove anything else from the vehicle, including paperwork from the glove box. The vehicles were trucked to an Aduana compound. ”
We have forwarded this update to several national web-forums, to try to find out if this is just a local Manzanillo, Colima issue, or if Residente Permanente visa holders with TIP vehicles are experiencing problems with vehicle confiscations in other Mexican locales. … So far, there are no other reports of confiscations.
We hope that this is just a local phenomenon….
Note that driving a foreign plated vehicle with an invalid TIP does expose the vehicle owner and driver to the risks of several serious problems:
~ Many Mexican insurance companies have fine print clauses that invalidate the insurance coverage if the vehicle is found to be illegal.
~ If someone is killed in a vehicular accident, the driver and owner are personally liable for up to $4 million pesos in cash damages for each fatality. The driver sits in jail indefinitely until the police are satisfied that the driver can pay (in cash) any potential cash damages owed to injured parties.
~ Foreign-plated cars with TIPs are required to have the expiration date of the TIP renewed (extended) every year since July, 2010. This requirement is met by making an annual written request (to Aduana) to extend the expiration date. Aduana issues a letter for the driver to carry in the TIP vehicle.
In the absence of this annual Aduana letter, the police/Aduana can confiscate the vehicle.
Once confiscated, it is very difficult (basically impossible?) to recover the vehicle.
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