Everything You Need To Know Before The Technical Inspection Of Your Vehicle

  • One vehicle out of 5 is subject to a counter-visit at the end of its technical inspection.
  • 11.2% of the counter-visit cases concern LPG / Gas vehicles.
  • 9.5% of counter-visit causes for the ground connection part (mainly tires).
  • 8.7% of counter-visit causes for lighting and signage.
  • 5.4% of counter-visit causes for braking.

To ensure that your technical control is going as well as possible, consult our advice which will guide you on the procedure to follow:

How Is The Professional Control Of Your Vehicle?

Steps :

  1. Check if the passage of the technical control concerns your vehicle.
  2. Make an appointment online or by phone by visiting the appointment page.
  3. On the day of the technical inspection, make sure to present a clean vehicle, avoid the clutter of the trunk and provide you with your registration certificate (registration card). It is not possible to pass a technical inspection without a registration card.
  4. A technical inspection lasts an average of 30 to 45 minutes, allowing the verification of 133 regulatory control points.
  5. We help you in the form of a detailed list of things to check before your appointment.
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Some Points To Check For The Preparation Of The Technical Control And Avoid A Counter Visit :

Specialized Inspection LPG Vehicles: made to test the excellent functioning of the fuel gas system, the absence of significant deterioration of the gas tank. The technical control of this type of vehicle is identical to a traditional technical inspection, except the verification of additional points, related to this mode of carburation.

Ground Connections: Before the check, check the pressure and condition of your tires. These should not include cuts, deformities, or hernias. You can check the level of wear on your tires by checking the condition of the wear indicators that should not touch the tire tread (groove depth greater than 1.6 millimeters).

An under-inflated tire is equivalent to up to 8% more fuel consumption and presents a danger for driving.

Lighting / Signage: Lighting is to be seen safely. Also, the entire lighting system must conform to operation, in particular, the passing and driving lights, the position and flashing lights (front and rear), the brake lights including the third light, the lateral and rear reflectors. And finally the indicator lights on the dashboard.

Finally, make sure that the hazard warning lights work correctly under all circumstances.

Vehicle Identification: your vehicle must be able to be quickly identified by the VIN following the data of your registration card. Besides, it is necessary to check the correct fixing of your front and rear license plates. They must be legible and undamaged. Attention, only the regulatory plates are accepted, and two formats are accepted:

  • SIV type plates ( System I > identification V > vehicle – vehicles registered since April 15, 2009: “XX-123-XX”), which require cold hit characters on a white background, the department number and presence of the Region logo placed on the right, then the European logo accompanied by the letter F on a blue background.
  • FNI plates (old format: “numbers – letters – the number of the department”), which are characterized by black characters struck on a white background in the front and on a white or yellow background in the back.

Braking: it is above all the primordial safety organ. As a result, the brake pads, discs, drums, and brake hose must not show any significant wear or malfunction. The imbalances are mainly controlled as well as the parking brake (handbrake).

The Exhaust Line: the noise level and pollution will be checked. Visually, you can be aware of malfunctions if strong fumes are exhausted from the muffler, or in case of presence of white fumes (sign of engine overheating), black fumes (engine combustion problem) or blue fumes (oil consumption by the engine).

The equipment: ensure that the seats of your vehicle are correctly fastened, in the general condition:

of all the seat belts (correct working condition and accessibility for the control, remember to release the belts that could be hidden under the back seat).

What Are The Critical Control Points During A Technical Inspection?

Many counter-visits results from defects on the vehicle that can be corrected by performing certain checks. Here is our checklist of the nine important points of technical control frequently concerned by a counter visit.

Vehicle Registration

The check of license plates at the front and back is to ensure that they comply with the regulations in force. The lettering must, of course, be consistent with the registration certificate. Plates must be legible, undamaged and well secured. Two types of lettering are accepted: AA-XXX-AA (for vehicles registered since 2009) and XXXX AA XX (for vehicles registered before 2009).


As tires are the only elements in contact with the ground, they are the first guarantors of the quality of braking. This is why regular visual inspection of the tires is essential. Several simple checks are to be made. First make sure that the pressure is correct and that they are not deformed (no herniation or tear on the sidewalls, no foreign body in the tread, no deformation of the rim). Check the wear indicators: the depth of the grooves in the tread must not be less than 1.6 mm. It should also be noted that the tires of the same axle must be identical in structure and brand.


If your brake pads and discs are too worn, it is recommended that they are replaced as a precaution. If you notice while driving that during braking your vehicle moves to the right or left, it means that your brakes are in poor condition or unbalanced. It is also necessary to check the brake fluid.


Visual inspection of the shock absorbers ensures that they do not leak. This is to check the absence of oil stains which could indicate a leak in the circuit, to make sure that there is no deformation of the rod or the body of the shock, not of corrosion and that the condition of the fixings is correct.


If your exhaust gives off a black smoke at startup, it should alert you to the pollution level of your vehicle. Also, make sure your muffler does not leak and is properly attached.


This is to check the condition of the windshield and windows  (no cracks more significant than 30 cm), windshield wipers and interior and exterior mirrors. It should also be ensured that the mirror adjustment control and the windscreen demisting system are working correctly.

Lighting And Signage

It is advised to check the correct operation of all your lights at the front and rear (position, crossing, road and stop lights ), your turn signals, the distress signal, the three the brake light, the illumination of the rear registration plate and reflectors rear and side. Finally, make sure your horn works well.

Structure And Bodywork

When visually inspecting the body, make sure that the body does not have protruding parts that could injure a third party. The correct opening, securing and closing of the doors (from the inside and the outside), the boot, the tailgate, and the bonnet must also be checked.

Cockpit Equipment

To make sure the excellent condition of your equipment, here are all the items to control: the seating and the correct operation of the adjustment, the presence and proper operation of seat belts. If you are equipped with a baby seat, we advise you to remove it before coming to pass the technical control so that it does not interfere with the checks. Otherwise, the controller will have to remove it.