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Since May 20, 2018, significant changes have taken place in the technical inspection of motor vehicles. Your car lawyer in Nice can explain the details of these changes to you. The previous list of checkpoints during inspections has been increased from 124 to 131, but the most notable change is the addition of a new defect category . 

Checkpoints expansion: –

Since May 20, 2019, during a technical inspection, mechanics are now able to identify three types of defects: minor defects, major defects and critical defects. Minor defects involve 139 control points, and if one of them is found, it will be mentioned in the inspection report. However, no return visit is required for these defects.

Major flaws, on the other hand, involve 340 checkpoints. If major defects are found, the garage will inform you and you will have a period of 2 months to have your vehicle repaired and return for a second visit.

Introduction of a new category of faults: –

The most significant change is the introduction of critical faults, which involve 127 checkpoints. In the event of critical breakdowns, you will only have 24 hours to repair your vehicle. Failure to comply with this instruction will result in a driving ban. The mechanic will affix a sticker with the date of the inspection, indicating the critical defect(s) which present a direct and immediate danger to road safety or which have a serious impact on the environment.

Once the repair has been carried out, you have 2 months to pass the counter-visit. This last requirement can be difficult for motorists because repairing a vehicle within 24 hours is almost impossible.

Thus, the detection of a critical defect leads to the immobilization of your vehicle until it is repaired. Ignoring such a fault can lead to a fine of 135 euros. In addition, the reforms have resulted in increased technical inspection costs due to the expanded list of checkpoints and the meticulousness required for the counter-visit to ensure proper repairs. It is advisable to schedule your technical visit in advance to avoid any urgent repairs.

In conclusion, it is recommended to take your vehicle to a garage before the inspection date to avoid the costs associated with a return visit .