I did not misinterpret. You must have misstated your point.
I understood you think the police are all that is needed to enforce the laws and there is no need for inspections of vehicles like many other places in the world.
I don't agree since there are so many decrepit vehicles on the roads in the DR that should be removed. The Police obviously don't care, but actual inspections might actually remove those long past their useful safe life.
(Whoever said that public transportation was great in both the UK and USA never spent much time in various parts of the USA. We Americans like our cars, public transport outside of major cities, not so much. )
I didn't misstate it at all. I clearly said that vehicle inspections were canceled and it was left to the police to issue tickets for safety violations for things that would be checked at inspections lie broken windshields, headlights/ tail lights/brake lights, etc. Here's a direct quote from a local newspaper at the time.
"A: In 1981, then-Gov. Bob Graham and the Legislature halted motor vehicle inspections after complaints about long lines at state-run inspection stations.
Graham was quoted at the time as saying the nearly $20 million spent annually by the state to run the stations could be better spent on law enforcement. The idea was that the job of inspections would fall to officers on patrol that could stop cars on the road if they saw faulty equipment."
I would like to see all the decrepit vehicles removed, but I don't see inspection stations improving the chances of that happening much. You said yourself that when you went to the inspection station your vehicle was never inspected - you just paid for the revista. The number of decrepit vehicles did not decrease at all when those inspections were operating.
All it would take to remove these decrepit vehicles from the road is a mandate by Abinader to do so and the police could easily do it w/o the need for another inefficient government bureaucracy that's going to gouge millions of Dominicans 3000 pesos and waste half a day in long lines just to remove a relatively smaller number of decrepit vehicles.
When Abinader decided he had enough of motos with no placas, matriculas. and drivers with no licenses, he lowered the boom, the police began checking, confiscating, and handing out tickets and now hundreds of thousands of motos and their drivers meet the requirements. It can easily be done.