The question of the date or the ideal period for carrying out the technical inspection of his vehicle is recurrent. We approach the subject through a series of questions and answers that will help you to carry out your technical control at a good date.
What is technical control?
The technical control is an examination to make a complete safety assessment of the vehicle. It has been compulsory in France since 1992 for all vehicles under 3.5 tonnes . Performed periodically, the technical control aims to check the condition of tires, brakes and suspensions, etc.
When should you take your vehicle to technical control?
The date of the first technical inspection of your vehicle depends on the condition of the vehicle (new or used). If you have just offered a new vehicle, your first check will be done in the 6 months preceding the fourth anniversary of the entry into service.
In the case of a used car, the first technical inspection must be done before the deadline of the previous test. This date appears on the technical inspection report provided by the seller (garage or individual). In all cases (new or used cars), new technical inspections must be carried out every 2 years.
What is your obligation as a seller of a used vehicle?
Technical inspection is mandatory before the sale of any vehicle over 4 years old . Such control must be favorable and dated less than 6 months at the time of sale. In the event of an unfavorable result with a counter-visit requirement during the pre-sales check, you have the choice between selling the car as is within the validity period (usually 2 months), or making the repairs and then passing the visit.
In this second case, you will have a period of 6 months to sell your car; from the date of the initial inspection.
Why does one have to pass one’s car to technical control?
Above all, you must pass your vehicle under 3.5 tons and over 4 years of age to the technical control because the law requires you. The said check is based on points predefined by the Highway Code. Tires, lighting, glazing … all the elements affecting the safety and operation of the car are evaluated.
The technical control thus makes it possible to ensure the level of safety on board and the perfect state of running of a vehicle. As part of the sale of a car less than 4 years, the seller may voluntarily perform this control to reassure the buyer.
Where can you drive your car to technical control?
The technical control must be carried out in a center approved by the State, and not in a conventional garage. In France, there are more than 6 500 technical control centers approved and supervised by DREAL (Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing).
What are the new rules in force since 2018?
In force since May 20, 2018, the new regulation is stricter and more expensive (with an increase of 15 to 20%). Checkpoints now range from 123 to 133, and failures increase from 453 to 606. As for the number of anomalies involving a counter-visit, it is now 467 against 196 with the old regulations.
In the event of a critical anomaly, the registration certificate is immediately canceled . You then have a few hours to repair your vehicle and present it to the counter-visit.
What are the risks of not getting your car to technical control?
The lack of technical control is a violation of 4th class which exposes the motorist to a fixed fine of 135 €. The police can also immobilize the vehicle by retaining the registration certificate . You will then have a period of 7 days to pass the technical control and present the minutes.
To summarize, the date of the first technical inspection of your vehicle depends on the date of the previous inspection or the date of entry into service. After that, new checks will have to be made every two years.
To be valid, the technical control must be done in a center approved by the State. In the absence of a technical control, you incur a fixed fine of 135 €, and possibly an immediate immobilization of your vehicle.