UPDATE: France extends validity of car safety tests until the summer

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UPDATE: France extends validity of car safety tests until the summer
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The French government has announced another extension to expiry dates for the Contrôle Technique vehicle safety certificates.


Anyone whose vehicle's contrôle technique vehicle safety certificate - the equivalent of the British MOT - is about to expire has been granted another reprieve.

France first pushed the deadline for doing the contrôl technique until the lockdown was lifted.

With all non-essential journeys banned and most garages closed anyway, people whose certificate was about to expire faced an anxious wait to know if their vehicle would remain roadworthy and legal during the lockdown.

Now, as France began ease the lockdown on May 11th, the government has decided to extend this period again.


For cars and other light vehicles that saw their certificate expire after March 12th, the period has been "exceptionally prolonged until August 10th 2020," according to a statement on the government website.

For those who saw their certificates expire before March 12th, the deadline is July 10th.

During the extention people are permitted to drive with an expired contrôle technique, but should book the vehicle in for its test as possible.

Most routine administrative tasks were stopped during the lockdown, and the government also announced an automatic three-month extension for long-stay visas and titres de séjour residence permits.

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