Are vintage motorbikes exempt from France’s new contrôle technique test?

Roadworthiness tests for motorbikes were introduced in April

The age rather than status of a motorcycle dictates this requirement
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Reader Question: What qualifies as a ‘vintage’ motorcycle in France? Will my 36-year-old bike qualify and thus be exempt from the new CT test? 

Rules on ‘vintage’ vehicles are the same for both cars and motorbikes. 

This means that any motorbike that is 30 years old or older can be classed as vintage (véhicule de collection) on its registration if it also fulfils certain other requirements. 

Generally, vehicles must also be of a kind that is no longer in production and have not had technical modifications especially to their motor or chassis. 

Where relevant, you can apply to update your vehicle’s registration (carte grise) to reflect these points. To do so, you need several documents, including proof from the manufacturer or the French federation of vintage vehicles that your bike qualifies. 

From April 15, new rules came into force regarding mandatory contrôle technique (CT) roadworthiness tests for motorbikes and other two-wheelers, licence-free cars and quad bikes. 

The requirement is coming in progressively, with the oldest bikes needing a CT by August 14. 

Note even if a vehicle is labelled as vintage it may still have to undergo this. Only bikes manufactured before 1960 are exempt, even if the vehicle is registered as vintage.

You can read more about the new tests below. 

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