The new roadworthiness test will come into force very soon, and the questions are already jostling on everyone's lips: what is it really about? How to disentangle the true from the false and limit the damage with this new car overhaul? All the answers necessary for a better understanding of this measure can be found in this article.

What is the purpose of such regulation?

The vehicle overhaul (or roadworthiness test) has two functions, namely:
  • Preservation of the environment, through better control of greenhouse gas emissions, which are more controlled than before.
  • Improving road safety, which causes many deaths and serious and irreparable injuries each year. A well-functioning car is a car that limits the risk of an accident while driving.
Following this car inspection, the driver is obliged to carry out the necessary interventions to solve the problems identified. This refurbishment must be carried out within two months of the findings. More than a hundred control points are examined, with more than 450 possible defects. The intervention is mandatory in the last six months of the third year of the vehicle. From that moment on, it must then be carried out once every two years. Note that professionals in the sector are subject to a regulated market and must provide proof of an approval issued by the State to carry out their activity.

What is the new vehicle overhaul?

The new vehicle overhaul is a vehicle maintenance practice that will have even more check points. But what really changes with this new measure is the criminal dimension, i. e. the degree of punishment. From now on, it will no longer be a question of a technical "visit", but of a technical inspection. This will reduce the number of checkpoints from over 120 to over 130. The defects that can be observed at the end of this intervention increase from more than 450 to more than 600, which implies is a higher level of requirement. The risks of having to carry out repairs and spend money on them are therefore greater. There are three sanctions for failure now to be noted:
  • Minor: there are nearly 140 of them, such as engine leaks or minor steering column play.
  • Major: 340 in number. They involve a counter-visit within two months: license plate lighting, deficient low beam lights....
  • Criticisms: there are nearly 130 of them. If any of them are found, the car inspection is not valid for more than one day, which means that the driver can only drive in his vehicle to go home or to the garage to make the necessary repairs. This may be the absence of brake fluid, or damaged stop lights, for example.