Technical inspection, what the regulations say

To be able to drive a vehicle, you must comply with certain regulations, including holding a valid driver's license, for example. But the car itself must also comply with certain clauses laid down by law, namely roadworthiness tests. This is an obligation for all vehicle owners, in order to check whether the vehicle is still fit to drive and whether there are any failures to repair. Roadworthiness testing is a legal requirement and not a choice; and non-compliance with it is subject to penalties. But more concretely, what does the law say about this?

Who are concerned by the roadworthiness test?

All cars weighing less than 3.5 tonnes are subject to roadworthiness testing, regardless of their type, year of registration and model. If it is a vehicle that can be driven and used, even rarely, it must be checked. Thus, private cars, i.e. those usually used for going to work or shopping, are part of these. Similarly, commercial vehicles, even those belonging to professionals, motorhomes and vintage cars must also comply with it.

When and where to carry out the roadworthiness test?

Even if all vehicles are subject to roadworthiness testing, there is a slight difference in time. Here, the age of the car must be taken into consideration. In the case of a new car, the first inspection must take place before its fourth year of registration. From then on, it must be carried out every two years. For used vehicles, the frequency of the visit is also two years. In addition, it should be specified that in the case of the sale or purchase of a vehicle, the last inspection must be carried out less than six months after the date of the deed of sale. As for the location, each owner has the free choice of centre; but it is just imperative that it be approved by the public authority and comply with the relevant regulations.

What sanctions should be imposed in the event of failure to carry out roadworthiness tests?

Checking your car is an obligation managed by specific regulations. Consequently, in the event of default, the owner will have to pay a fourth-class fine of up to 135€. Of course, in the event of refusal of payment or non-compliance with the limitation period, this amount will be increased. But also, the vehicle in question will be temporarily immobilized; without forgetting that the vehicle's registration document will be removed from its owner.
What is the purpose of the roadworthiness test?
The prices of a roadworthiness test

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