Culiacán: In addition to the annual “tenencia” and “calcamonia” payments vehicle owners must pay in Sinaloa, the Sinaloa government has put before the legislature an initiative for changes to the tax law to include mandatory payment to verify emission control standards in vehicles.
The annual “tenencia” is a luxury tax on newer vehicles which the Sinaloa government has subsidized for the past few years. The “calcamonia” is an annual registration fee for all vehicles. Owners of vehicles under 10 years old pay a higher fee than those driving models 10 years or older.
Application for the tenencia and payment of fees for cars newer than 10 years closed on March 31. Owners of vehicle models over 10 years have until April 31 to pay the annual fee.
In this new government initiative, the State proposes to change Article 118 of the tax law to charge vehicle owners the equivalent of seven times the minimum salary to test compliance with emission control standards.
Media did not expand on proposed testing procedures or locations.