Luxembourg's of Ministry of Mobility and Public Works has announced an extension of the deadline for carrying out vehicle technical inspections for vulnerable people during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

In a statement issued earlier today, the ministry first recalled that technical inspection, carried out by approved technical inspection bodies, is compulsory for all vehicles in the European Union (EU). The frequency and content of these inspections depend on the type of vehicle.

Nevertheless, given the evolution of the health crisis linked to the coronavirus pandemic in Luxembourg and in the interest of reducing the risk of infection for vulnerable people, the Luxembourg Cabinet adopted a bill on Friday exempting such individuals from having to submit a vehicle (passenger car), whose validity expired between 18 March 2020 and the end of the crisis, to periodic technical inspection.

In order to guarantee that passenger cars which have not been subjected to technical inspection during the state of emergency can continue to circulate on public roads, the deadline for the inspection of these vehicles has been extended to 1 September 2020 at the latest.

This measure is only valid in the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg since technical inspection is based on a European directive and there is no harmonised European approach in this case.

The purpose of this measure is mainly to protect all vulnerable people who should not be exposed to the slightest risk of infection.

Certain technical inspection bodies have also introduced an additional service for vulnerable people bringing vehicles back to the technical inspection centres.

Car owners who are not considered vulnerable and for whom the technical inspection certificate will expire during the confinement period are asked to keep existing appointments where possible.

The ministry has recalled that vehicles without a valid certificate can no longer travel abroad until a new valid certificate is obtained. On the other hand, immobile vehicles off public roads (e.g. sitting in the garage) do not require a technical inspection certificate. Should the owner of such a vehicle wish to use it again after the state of emergency, he / she is authorised to travel directly to a technical inspection body and the period of validity of the technical inspection certificate will then be calculated according to of the day of the technical inspection.

In addition, in the interest of road safety, owners and drivers must continue to ensure that any vehicle driven on public roads is properly maintained and in perfect working order. 

For any further information or in case of an emergency, a contact person is available via tel.: 247-84958.