The periodical technical inspection from TÜV SÜD - this is what it is all about
Road safety, regularity and environmental protection - these are some of the objectives pursued by the legislator with the periodical technical inspection (PTI), to which you must drive up your vehicle regularly. Since January 1st, 2010 the previously independent emissions test (AU) (formerly ASU) is a complete part of the PTI in the form of a partial test for environmental compatibility. The hexagonal plate on the front registration plate is therefore no longer required at all.
For example, automobiles are usually due for the periodical technical inspection every two years in order for the brakes, lighting etc. to be sounded out by experts from TÜV SÜD - for your safety. By the way, the experts at the TÜV SÜD Service Center do not only focus on the environment in the test for environmental compatibility. Excess emission of pollutants may, for example, be indication of a vehicle defect, resulting in excess fuel consumption.
But how do I know when the next test is exactly due? Whichdocuments do I have to bring along? What about vehicles with seasonal license plates? What is to be done if defectsare detected? Detailed answers on these and other questions can be found on the following pages.
And to prevent you from missing any deadlines, in the next step you can receive an online reminder. The registration for the periodical technical inspection at the TÜV SÜD service center can also be done conveniently online.
The inspection plate: an overview of the main information on the periodical technical inspection
- Motor vehicle owners should have any detected defects rectified immediately, at the latest within a month.
- The owner must keep the report on the PTI in safe custody until at least the next PTI. It is not mandatory for owners to have the inspection report with them every time they drive their automobile.
- In case the inspection report happens to get lost, TÜV SÜD has a simple solution for you: Bring your vehicle registration certificate or ownership certificate (or registration certificate parts I and II) to the nearest TÜV SÜD service center, where a duplicate of the test report is made. For data protection reasons, of course only if you were also the client or vehicle owner at the time of the inspection.
- Caravans of up to 3.5 tons are treated like automobiles. For vehicles put on the road for the first time, the periodical technical inspection is to be conducted after 36 months and then every 24 months. Caravans of 3.5 to 7.5 tons must be subjected to technical inspection every two years in the first six years of registration. The periodical technical inspection is then to be conducted every year from the seventh registration year onwards.
- Exceeding the registration or presentation deadline for the PTI can result in a fine of € 40 and in the worst case 2 points at the central traffic register in Flensburg. What has not changed is that the fine or points have nothing to do with TÜV SÜD. However, vehicles not shown on time, i.e. vehicles for which the deadline was exceeded by more than two months, must be subjected to a more intensive "supplementary inspection" from July 1st, 2012 onwards. This extended inspection is subject to a 0.2 times higher charge. However, no backdating takes place anymore.