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Roadworthiness test – information and facts regarding the roadworthiness test

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The roadworthiness test is carried out in order to reduce the number of accidents, technical faults and to avoid excessive Emissions of harmful substances.

The roadworthiness test is obligatory in Sweden and is carried out by an approved testing company.

What is checked during the roadworthiness test

  • Frame – that the car’s load-bearing structure has not been damaged by, for example, severe rusting.
  • Wheels and control system – that there are no damages to the front or back. The tyres’ condition and tread depth are also checked.
  • Drive system – the engine and the electrical, exhaust and drive system.
  • Brake system – function, effectiveness and evenness of the brakes.
  • Bodywork – safety belts, windows and doors.
  • Communication – lights, indicators, horn, windshield washer fluid and warning triangle.
  • Environment – the exhaust emissions are compared with the threshold values.
  • Other – towbar, instrument lights and speedometer.

How often and when the car shall be inspected

Normally, you will receive correspondence from one or more testing companies when it is time for the roadworthiness test. The responsibility is however on you to ensure that the vehicle is inspected on time.

On 20 May 2018, the old system with the last digit in the registration number was discontinued.

New inspection rules as of 20 May 2018

  • A new car must be inspected for the first time no later than 3 years (36 months) after the month when it was first used.
  • The second inspection no later than 2 years (24 months) after the month when the first inspection was made.
  • Then no later than 14 months after the month when the most recent inspection was made.

To simplify, a car older than 5 years must be inspected every year. It is recommended to schedule an inspection the same month every year and treat the 2 extra months as a margin of safety.

Please note that the last day for inspection is always the last day of the month. This is because you start counting the month after the most recent inspection.

Examples of inspection dates

  • When is a car that was first registered on 2 April 2018 to undergo inspection?
    • No later than 30 April 2021
  • When is a car that was inspected for the first time on 5 October 2017 to undergo inspection again?
    • No later than 31 October 2019
  • You have a car made in 2010 and the last inspection was on 8 June 2017. When are you required to inspect it again?
    • No later than 31 August 2018

More rules for roadworthiness tests

  • If inspection is not done during the prescribed months, a driving ban is automatically imposed on the vehicle until it is inspected.
  • You must rectify the faults highlighted during the inspection. Otherwise, a driving ban will be imposed on the vehicle.
  • A police officer or vehicle inspector has the right to check a vehicle at any time. This is known as a vehicle spot inspection.
  • If the vehicle changes (for example, if the engine is replaced), it must be subjected to a registration inspection within 1 month.

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Last updated 2018-05-20.