"The Contrôle Technique (Roadworthiness Certificate)
It is a legal requirement for a vehicle to undergo the Contrôle Technique and to have a valid roadworthiness certificate.
The first test is due on the fourth anniversary of the vehicle’s first registration, and is shown in box X1 of the “Carte Grise” registration document, and then every two years after that.
If the vehicle passes the Contrôle Technique test:
The owner receives a certificate to confirm the outcome of the test;
A sticker is attached to the windscreen, showing the date when the test was carried out (2);
A sticker or a stamp on the registration document also shows this (3).
(1) (2) or (3)
If the vehicle fails the test, you must carry out all required repairs following the test. In this case, a follow-up visit is required for the test to be taken again with a view to obtaining a pass.
The tread in the tyres must be 1.6 mm deep and the difference in the tread depth must not exceed 5 mm for two tyres on the same axle.
Tyres have wear indicators between the treads to allow you to measure how worn they are (4).
The tyre pressure must be in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements: check the label (5) on the body or the door of the car to set the appropriate pressure.
The pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold – i.e., after covering a distance of less than 3 km – and don’t forget to check the spare wheel as well!
The following fluids must be checked:
Windscreen washer fluid.
Check the fluid levels on a flat surface: otherwise you will get a false reading.
Do not overfill the fluids and check that you are using the correct fluids (the correct engine oil viscosity rating, windscreen washer fluid suitable for the ambient temperature, etc.)
The overall condition of the vehicle:
1. The windscreen, the windscreen wipers, and the rear view mirrors
Check that there are no impacts or cracks on your windscreen. Also remember to check the interior and exterior mirrors and ensure that the windscreen wipers are working properly.
If there are any issues, ensure that you carry out all the necessary repairs before handing over your vehicle.
2. Lighting and warnings
The entire system must work correctly: the different setting for the front and rear lamps, the indictors, the hazard warning lights, the dashboard indicators and the lighting for the registration plate.
Do we really need to go into details here?
4. Safety equipment
The following must be located in the vehicle:
A high-visibility vest inside the cabin;
A warning triangle;
An unused breathalyser;
A spare wheel and/or an anti-puncture spray
Have you finished your checks? If so, you’re ready to rent!”