Vehicles that normally had to be inspected between 13 March and 3 June 2020 will be postponed until 4 November 2020. * This postponement applies to all periodic inspections, including the first inspection (tow bar, first inspection of passenger cars after 4 years, first inspection of vans after registration).
- The reference date of the inspection does not change. In other words, the extension of the inspection certificate until 4 November 2020 does not imply that a vehicle must also be inspected by 4 November 2021 next year. Example: Suppose that your car normally had to be inspected by 18 April 2020, then your car qualifies for an extension until 4 November 2020. If the overtaking inspection eventually takes place on, say, 2 November 2020, the inspection certificate will be valid until 18 April 2021. So in 2021, all vehicles will be inspected again in the same period as before. With this in mind, you can advise customers who fall under the postponement to make an appointment in the coming months to avoid long queues in October/November.
- Although checks abroad on the validity of an inspection certificate are rather rare, the Department of Mobility and Public Works has drawn up a trilingual document (Dutch, French and English) explaining the COVID-19 measures, to be used for any checks abroad. You can download this document here.
- Vehicles that should have been inspected before 13/3/2020 must immediately go to the inspection and a surcharge for late inspection will apply. The period from 13 March to 3 May inclusive, during which the inspection centres were only limited or not open, is not included in the calculation of lateness.
- For vehicles that have to undergo a periodic or first inspection on 4 June 2020 or later, there is no deferral, they have to be presented as planned.
- Depending on the inspection centre, taking an appointment may be mandatory. It is advisable to do so in the current circumstances.