The technical visit is imposed for several years in France. This diagnosis was established by the State in order to protect the driver and his entourage. It also prevents vehicles that do not meet safety standards from operating freely on French territory.
It concerns passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes. All vehicles 4 years old and over are concerned. It is renewed every two years. Specific vehicles (Taxis, recovery vehicles, sanitary facilities, etc.) are checked annually.
If you sell a vehicle and it is more than 4 years old, the roadworthiness test report must be dated less than 6 months before the date of submission of the file to the Prefecture and must be presented to the purchaser before the signature of the sales contract. Since 31 March 2011, the Technical Control concerns 124 control points, 72 of which are to be corrected with the obligation of a Counter-Visit of verification.
The roadworthiness test of your vehicle is carried out by a roadworthiness test approved by the Prefecture. It checks, without any dismantling, the essential safety and environmental components of your vehicle.