Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

The validity of the prolonged technical control due to Covid-19 confinement


Last minute: a tolerance of 3 months is granted

In a press release dated March 23, 2020, the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Elisabeth Borne, and the Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, confirm that the technical control centers can remain open. However, in view of the health crisis, a tolerance is provided for the time limits for carrying out technical inspections.

The Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition thus announced, on March 23, that “a” three-month tolerance is granted for the deadlines for the technical control of light vehicles “, both for the visit and the counter visit.

For heavy vehicles (transport of goods and public transport), a tolerance of only fifteen days is introduced. The technical control centers open for heavy vehicles are listed on the Bison Futé site.

Soon a week that the French are holed up at home. The confinement leaving some leisure to think about the deadlines of everyday life, some come to wonder if they should not present their vehicle for the examination of the technical control.

Officially, the question should not arise. Like so many other commercial establishments deemed non-essential, technical control centers must stop accepting

the public. Except that the fear of seeing themselves fined when they go to the supermarket or to their doctor push many motorists to defy the bans and knock on the door of their CT center. Remember that the Highway Code provides for a fixed fine of 135 euros for those who drive with an expired technical control sticker. Given the increase in the frequency of checks by the police, these days, the fear of being fined has gone up a notch.

Going to technical control is not a valid reason for travel during confinement

Following the announcement of the containment measures at the beginning of the week, the National Automobile Federation (FNA) embraced the national cause and called on March 17 the craftsmen of the automobile “who would not be concerned by emergencies of first necessity ”to“ close [les portes de leurs établissements] to the extent possible, while maintaining a on-call duty related to emergencies, including breakdown recovery and towing ”. In the days that followed, we saw independent repairers – such as the networks of large manufacturers – organize on-call penalties for some of their employees, in order to ensure the maintenance of emergency and intervention vehicles, cars of medical personnel. (doctor, nurse) with authorization, vehicles linked to the transport of foodstuffs and pharmaceutical products, vehicles for transporting energy and fuel, vehicles for collecting and collecting waste.

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Apart from these essential needs, all other customer requests are rejected: mechanical overhauls are postponed, bodywork canceled sine die. For their part, those in charge of the Autovision network preferred to ask their affiliated managers of technical control centers to suspend their activity, starting on March 17.

On the same day, the FNA asked the Ministry of Transport to grant motorists a “two month tolerance for the deadlines of the initial technical inspection or second inspection “. This would amount to extending the period of validity of the technical inspection sticker by two months and escaping the report.

Several hundred technical control centers still welcome customers, despite government injunctions

As the authorities’ response was slow in coming, the networks of technical control centers sent a “open letter to Oliver Véran, Minister of Solidarity and Health ”. Sébastien Danvel and Laurent Palmier, President of Auto Sécurité and Sécuritest respectively, opened the ball last night, March 19th. However, the content of their petition is strictly identical to that of the text signed by Karinne Bonnet, Managing Director of Dekra Automotive SAS and by Alexandra Herbel, Managing Director of SECTA, a copy of which reached us this morning, March 20.

The content is as follows: professionals ask on the one hand “the 40 days postponement of technical control and counter visit dates”; on the other hand, “the formalization of the suspension of approvals of centers and controllers during the period of confinement”. The objective is the same in both cases: to encourage motorists to stay at home and not to report to the technical control center. Too many of them flout the confinement rules for fear of PV.

Only an extension of the validity of the MOT stickers could convince motorists to stay at home

Professionals would like to see a little consistency restored between injunctions they consider contradictory: on the one hand, French people are asked to limit their travel to what is strictly necessary; on the other hand, we continues to threaten them with a PV of 135 euros if they are traveling with an outdated technical control. Obviously, customers continue to flow into the CT center. But their managers are worried about not having sufficient means to fulfill their obligation to protect the health of their employees. Dilemma.

“We currently clearly do not have the means to protect the employees of our technical control centers nor the motorists to fight against the spread of the virus: no gloves, no frost and we must control vehicles full of germs!”, The signatories of the open letter to Minister Véran are alarmed. The hope is that his response will not be long overdue.

An equitable solution is suggested by the signatories: “We could easily understand that only some centers per department are requisitioned in order to carry out checks on health vehicles and other vehicles necessary to enforce current directives (gendarmerie, ambulance, fire brigade, logistics trucks for supplying food shops, etc.) ”.

Last minute: a tolerance of 3 months is granted

In a press release dated March 23, 2020, the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Elisabeth Borne, and the Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, confirm that the technical control centers can remain open. However, in view of the health crisis, a tolerance is provided for the time limits for carrying out technical inspections.

The Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition thus announced, on March 23, that “a” three-month tolerance is granted for the deadlines for the technical control of light vehicles “, both for the visit and the counter visit.

For heavy vehicles (transport of goods and public transport), a tolerance of only fifteen days is introduced. The technical control centers open for heavy vehicles are listed on the Bison Futé site.

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