Court Upholds Brazilian Rule Requiring Vehicle Tracking Devices

25 Mar 2010

Minister Marcio Fortes celebrated yesterday the decision of the 7th Federal Court of São Paulo which ruled the Brazilian Government as the winner against the Public Minister and its Prosecutor against the Ministry of Cities, upholding the ruling in 2009 that decided all cars will be sold with a tracking and blocking system. In July the first cars in Brasil will start being sold with the antitheft devices installed.

The national automakers' group, the Motor Vehicle National Industry Association (Anfavea) originally proposed tracking equipment only be installed in 20 percent of new vehicles (just higher-end models), increasing to 40 percent in January 2010, and into all new vehicles starting in August 2010. However, the final upheld legislation effectively applies to the entire vehicle range.