Make sense of... the new contrôle technique

Perry Taylor - the Controle Techniaue

Anyone driving a car in France should be aware of the contrôle technique (CT) – France’s ‘MOT test’ – but recent changes mean the next time you put your car in for the test it will be subject to tougher rules and likely to cost more

The contrôle technique has had a revamp, linked to new European standards aimed at improving road safety across the EU. While the goal is to cut deaths on the roads due to faulty vehicles, the impact for car drivers is likely to be increased costs and more chances of your vehicle failing.

There is also a new tougher category of fault which means the car cannot be used after midnight on the day of the test if it has not been repaired.

Which cars must go through a contrôle technique?

Any car that is four years old or more is subject to a CT every two years.

The first one needs to be done during the six months before the 4th anniversary of the car’s mise en circulation (date when it was authorised to ...

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