Automobile Club du Luxembourg organises technical inspections for vintage cars at its Diagnostic Center in Bertrange.
Here’s a reminder of the major points that you can check yourself before bringing your vehicle for inspection.
Make sure you have valid insurance, a registration document and certificate for tax paid. Important: following a change to the law of 1/2/2016, you have to have a certificate for any changes made to the vehicle.
The question of number plates is never easy where vintage cars are concerned. Black and white plates are for vehicles built up to and including 1973. They can have 5 numbers or 1 letter and 4 numbers. There are no black and white plates with 2 letters. Motorbike plates are not permitted on cars. Plates with 4 or 5 numbers can be requested for vehicles dating back to before 1/1/1974. Original plates with 1 letter and 4 numbers can stay on the vehicle but can’t be reissued.
Screen wash and windscreen wipers
Check that your windscreen wipers are working properly and that the washer bottle is full.
All seat belts fitted to the vehicle must be functional. The rules for seat belts are as follows:
- From 1/10/1971: 3-point seatbelts in the front
- From 1/10/1984: lap belts in the back
- From 1/10/2004: 3-point seatbelts front and back.
All headlights on the vehicle need to be working and they have to be connected in compliance with the French Highway Code. Test your headlights before going for the inspection. If certain headlights (non-compulsory) aren’t working, you can’t just cover them up, you have to actually remove them.
1 warning triangle and 1 high-vis vest*
The number of vests you have to have in the vehicle varies between countries. Find out before travelling abroad, by calling 45 00 45 – 1, for example.
Make sure that your visibility is unimpaired. Don’t stick anything but road tax stickers on your windscreen and do check for any cracks.
Check tyre tread and condition. Tread has to be over 1.6 mm to be legal.
We advise you to have your brakes checked by a professional.
* compulsory in Luxembourg.