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contrôle technique

The contrôle technique is a compulsory test for roadworthiness (similar to the UK MOT) for all vehicles of more than 4 years of age. This includes passenger cars, motorcycles and transport vehicles with a gross weight which does not exceed 3,5 tons. 

Exemptions: A collectable car, véhicule de collection is a car older than 25 years. A collectable car may be exempt from a contrôle technique if a specific application is made and it is declared on the Carte Grise. 

NOTE: there are limitations resulting from registration as a "collectable car". Further information available (in French) from the Fédération française des véhicules d'époque (FFVE)

Taking the Test

The first control of a new vehicle should be done within the 6 month period before the car becomes a 4 year old.

It is the responsibility of a owner to have the first control done within 6 months of a car changing hands (refer to the date that appears on the Carte Grise registration document and every 2 years thereafter.

The test generally takes no more than an hour and must be done at a recognised technical centre.

If the vehicle passes the test, the centre will give you a document and a stamp for the windscreen that marks, among other things, the date the next test is due.

If the vehicle fails the test, you will have a specified period in which the problems can be fixed before the vehicle becomes un-roadworthy. The control centre will advise you. You will be fined if your vehicle is not roadworthy - the police can check this easily by looking at the stamp attached inside the windscreen.

Frequent reasons for failure:

bulletworn tyre tread
bulletlights not all working
bulletemissions too high
bulletshock absorbers faulty/worn
bulletfaulty/worn brakes
bulletwheel alignment faulty
bulletsome aspects of damaged bodywork, for example if a door cannot open
bulletsome aspects that could impair safely, including the condition of the mirrors, windscreen and wipers

Payment is made to the centre. Prices may vary from centre to centre.

Technical centres approved by the Alpes-Maritimes Préfecture (click on the word "circulation" and follow the links to Le Contrôl Technique").

 

 

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