Vehicle Roadworthiness in Luxembourg
All vehicles must undergo regular inspection, by official test centres. This inspection (like the UK MOT test) is to ensure the car is legal and roadworthy with safe emissions. Find out where and how to get a car tested...
Vehicle roadworthiness tests (contrôle technique) are compulsory in Luxembourg on an annual basis for vehicles. New vehicles have their first inspection after four years and the second two years later. After that it has to undergo tests on an annual basis. The roadworthiness test must be carried out at an authorised test centre, or at a SNCT-licensed garage. Vehicles used for transport with less than nine seats and transport vehicles with a gross weight which exceeds 3.5 tons must be tested every 12 months.
Vehicle roadworthiness is managed by the Société Nationale de Contrôle Technique (SNCT).
- Full details on the Contrôle Technique (in French)
Owners of vehicles registered in Luxembourg will receive a reminder about the necessity to make an appointment, six weeks before the roadworthiness test is due to take place. The owner can also go to one of the test centres without an appointment but will have to wait in a queue.
Appointments can be requested online or by phone:
- Telephone: 35 72 14-222
Taking the Test
The contrôle technique (CT) must be done at one of the authorised technical centres listed below.
A roadworthiness test must also be carried out when a vehicle changes owner, if it has been adapted, or after repairs following a major accident.
Documents required when taking the test
The following documents must be taken to the test centre:
- Vehicle registration document (carte d’immatriculation)
- The previous roadworthiness certificate
- Proof of valid insurance (carte verte)
- For all vehicles registered after 1998, it is strongly recommended to take the European certificate of conformity (Certificat de Conformité Européen)
- The tax sticker (vignette fiscale) is also checked to ensure that it is valid. If the tax sticker is more than 60 stays overdue, the vehicle is not be authorised to undergo the technical control test.
The test generally takes no more than an hour and once successfully completed, the test centre will supply a new roadworthiness certificate, valid for one year.
If the vehicle fails the test, a temporary certificate valid for 21 days will be issued enabling the driver to drive:
- from the technical centre to the place where the vehicle will be repaired or destroyed
- from the technical centre to the vehicle owner's address
- from the vehicle owner's address to a repair centre
- from the repair centre to the technical centre
If the vehicle fails the test and receives a certificate stating Véhicule interdit à la circulation, the person has 48 hours to have the vehicle towed from the test centre to the place where it will be scrapped or repaired.
A person will be fined if they drive a vehicle without a valid roadworthiness certificate.
Frequent reasons for failure
- Worn tyre tread
- Lights not all working
- Shock absorbers faulty/worn
- Faulty/worn brakes
- Wheel alignment faulty
- Some aspects of damaged bodywork, for example if a door cannot open
- Some aspects that could impair safely, including the condition of the mirrors, windscreen and wipers, missing seatbelts
- Noise emissions or CO2 emissions too high
- Poor suspension, broken silencer
- Missing spare wheel
- Vehicle electrics not working (includes tow bar connector)
The vehicle is checked for proof of correct identification (chassis, engine numbers and registration plates).
The cost of the CT is fixed by law. Payment is made to the centre either in cash, or by credit card.
- Details on the cost of the CT (in French)
Sale of a Used Car
A used car must be sold with a valid contrôle technique certificate. The seller is responsible for ensuring that the vehicle inspection is up-to-date and gives the valid CT certificate to the buyer. For used cars that have a CT certificate with less than six weeks remaining validity, the vehicle must undergo a roadworthiness test.
If the CT certificate has more than six weeks remaining validity, the new owner may choose not to have a CT carried out when registering the vehicle. In this case they must fill in a specific form (Renonciation au Contrôle Technique).
LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)
LPG (GPL) fittings must be installed by a certified dealer.
SNCT have three authorised centres for vehicle roadworthiness tests in Luxembourg:
- Station de contrôle Sandweiler
At: 11 rue de Luxembourg, L-5230 Sandweiler
Tel: 35 72 14 - 500
- Station de contrôle Esch-sur-Alzette
At: 22-28 rue Jos. Keffer, L-4176 Esch-sur-Alzette
Tel: 35 72 14 - 500
- Station de contrôle Wilwerwiltz
At: 1 route de Pintsch, L-9776 Wilwerwiltz
Tel: 35 72 14 - 500
- Station de contrôle Bissen
At: 4, Z.A.C Klengbousbierg - L-7795 Bissen
Open: Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:30
Some dealers (partenaires) are also approved to carry out vehicle roadworthiness tests.
- The Luxembourg government has detailed information about roadworthiness (in French)