If you own a classic car that was first registered in France before 1960, it may be good news for you. A new rule was passed on 24th February 2017 that exempts classic vehicles which are older than this from their contrôle technique which is obligatory every 5 years. (This is the equivalent test of road worthiness to the MOT in the UK). This rule also applies to vintage vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes, regardless of age. (However, all other vintage vehicles outside of these two categories remain subject to a standard contrôle technique).
To be recognized as a collection car, the vehicle must meet new requirements:
* Be constructed or registered for the first time at least 30 years ago
* No longer be produced
* Be historically preserved and maintained in its original state (with no major changes having been made to the characteristics of its main component parts).
If a vehicle of over 30 years of age is not declared as a Classic vehicle, the regulations related to a Côntrole Technique do not apply and it must be done every 2 years.
Further information on this can be obtained from the government website: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F328
If you need any help with any aspect of administration for your classic car in France, do not hesitate to contact us, we can help!