Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests in Hungary
All vehicles must undergo regular inspection, at official test centres. This inspection is to ensure the car is legal and roadworthy with safe emissions. Find out where and how to get a car tested...
Vehicle inspections are managed by the National Transport Authority (Nemzeti Közlekedési Hatóság).
Vehicle roadworthiness tests (m?szaki vizsga) are compulsory for new vehicles before they are allowed on the road. This is carried out by the car dealership. After the first inspection, new cars can be driven for four years before they are due for inspection again.
All cars older than four years are inspected every two years. Vehicles used for transport, taxis, and vehicles with a gross weight which exceeds 3.5 tons, are inspected annually. However, there are proposals to increase periodic vehicle inspections throughout Europe, although these have not yet been implemented.
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The expiry date of the test is shown on the car’s registration papers (forgalmi igazolvány) and on a sticker on the rear number plate.
- For further information about laws relating to vehicle roadworthiness: Click here (in Hungarian)
Vehicle Roadworthiness Test Centres
The inspection must be carried out at an authorised test centre. The only documents needed are the car's registration papers (forgalmi igazolvány). An appointment is not required, but one can be made beforehand to save time.
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Vehicle owners can either prepare their car themselves or commission a garage to take the car to the inspection. Many garages only charge for the work they do and there is no extra charge for this service. If a garage is commissioned, then the owner only has to hand over the registration papers (forgalmi igazolvány) to the garage with the car, and they take care of the rest.
The test, which takes approximately 30 minutes, includes the following:
- The windscreen is inspected for cracks: no cracks are allowed in the field of vision and tinted covers on the windscreen and front windows are not allowed
- All the lights are checked, and they have to be free of cracks and in good working order. They also have to be adjusted safely so as not to blind other drivers
- The chassis has to be free of damage and rust free (minor damage and a little rust are acceptable)
- Tyres have to be in working order and the depth of the tread has to be at least 1.6mm
- The brakes, shock absorbers, axis and the bearings are inspected
- The exhaust has to be free of holes, but minor rust is allowed
- Exhaust emissions are also tested to make sure they pass environmental standards
The following are checked inside the vehicle:
- Dashboard lights and seatbelts have to be in good working order
- Seats should be solidly fixed and easily adjusted
- Heating and ventilation systems are checked
When the test is successfully passed, the expiry date is updated on the car's registration papers and a new sticker is put on the rear licence plate. The test centre also issues a certificate for safe keeping, but only the car's registration papers are checked by the police.
Failing the test
If the vehicle fails the roadworthiness test, the necessary repairs must be carried out and the vehicle must be re-tested and the fee paid again.
Buying or selling a used car
When buying or selling a used car, a vehicle roadworthiness test is not needed, but an official VIN audit (eredetvizsga) is carried out: all the car's identification numbers and codes (over 150 items) and documents are checked to ensure that the car has not been stolen.