The compulsory vehicle technical control test for your car or other motor vehicle in Greece: why, when, where and how to get it done...
Vehicle roadworthiness tests are compulsory in Greece for all passenger vehicles and trucks up to 3.5 tons in gross weight that are registered in regions where there are technical control centres. The test must be carried out within four years of the first registration
. The vehicle must then be tested every two years
thereafter, up to three weeks before and one week after the date indicated on the Technical Control Card.
In the Attica region, the situation is slightly different. A programme has been set up by the Road Safety and Environment Directorate of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which organises when the roadworthiness test will take place for vehicles registered in the region. After the first technical control, the vehicle is then tested every three years, up to three weeks before and one week after the date indicated on the Technical Control Card.
Drivers without a valid Technical Control Card for their vehicle will be fined. The technical control card must be carried in the vehicle at all times.
Taking the Test
Technical control tests are carried out at public and private Vehicle Technical Control Centres - VTCC
(Kendro Techniko Elengho Ohimaton
- KTEO). An appointment should be made approximately 20 days before the due date. An appointment is not necessary for subsequent tests for vehicles that have already passed a technical control, unless the deadline has been passed by more than 15 days.
The interior and exterior of the vehicle must be clean before taking the test. The vehicle is checked to ensure that the colour and the chassis and engine number correspond to those indicated on the vehicle registration papers.
The vehicle is also tested for the following:
- Exterior and interior: engine, tyres, front window, doors, frame, lights, bumpers, horn, indicators, windscreen wipers, seats, safety equipment
- Wheels and suspension
- Braking systems
- Lights: functionality in all weather conditions
- Noise levels
If the vehicle passes the test
, the owner is issued an exhaust control card and a technical control card indicating the next due date. A sticker (Technical Control Mark) will be placed on the rear registration plates.
If the vehicle fails the test
, the necessary repairs must be carried out and the vehicle retested within 20 days. If serious deficiencies are noted during the test, the vehicle's registration plates and licence will be taken and the person must take the car to be repaired. Once the repairs have been carried out, the vehicle is retested and the registration plates and licence will be returned if the vehicle passes the test.
The following documents will need to be taken to the test:
- Proof of identity
- Vehicle licence/registration papers
- Previous technical control card (if applicable)
- Exhaust control card (if one has already been issued for the car)
The chassis and engine number will also be required. These must correspond to the number given on the driver's licence.
Cost of the technical control
Prices are fixed at public VTCCs and the cost depends on the size of the vehicle. For a price list
- Vehicles that are up to 15 days overdue for the test pay 50 percent more than the fixed cost
- vehicles more than 15 days overdue will be charged 100 percent more than the fixed cost.
- If a vehicle fails the test and is retested within 30 days, the price is fixed at a quarter of the initial roadworthiness test
- If the vehicle is retested after 30 and up to 60 days after the first test, the person will pay half of the initial test fee
- If a vehicle is retested more than 60 days after the first test, the cost is the same as for the initial test
Private VTCCs fix their own prices which must be on display at the VTCC centre
Exhaust Emissions Controls
The Exhaust Emissions Control should be carried out on all vehicles which have to undergo the Technical Control test. The test must be carried out annually on passenger cars and small lorries with a mixed weight up to 3.5 tons, and every six months on all other vehicles.
The control can be done at all public and private KTEO centres, as well as at garages which have received authorisation from the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
Selling a Vehicle
All vehicles must have a valid Technical Control Certificate and a valid Exhaust Emissions Control Card before it can be sold.