Exclusive - Report of the 2018 technical control: massacre avoided, but ...

Exclusive - Report of the 2018 technical control

It is a matter of days before the Ministry of Transport makes public the long awaited 2018 assessment of technical control, but Caradisiac is already able to reveal the main trends. While the increase in the rate of counter-visit is far from the dreaded disaster, other phenomena worry the professionals.

The 2018 assessment of the technical inspection is particularly expected, for at least two reasons. The first is that it still has not appeared in mid-April, even though its publication should have occurred two months earlier. The second reason is that this is the first report published since the implementation of the "new formula" control, feared by many motorists for its greater severity.

According to the information we have, the official balance sheet will be divided into two parts. The first will cover the period from 1 January to 19 May, and the second will only start on 20 May, which corresponds to the implementation of the more severe examination, on which Caradisiac has written many articles. . For the record, the evolution concerned the increase in the number of control points. This has increased from 124 to 132, while the defects, or "failures" now number 668 and fall into 3 categories (minor failure, major failure and critical failure).

These new criteria should logically lead to a spectacular increase in the counter-visit rate, which was 18.92% in 2017 (out of 25.3 million light vehicle inspections). However, if a rise is actually noted, it remains limited: "  we are at about 21% counter-visits for the whole of 2018 against just under 19% the previous year . And on light commercial vehicles, the refusal rate goes from 21 to 25%  ", explains Bernard Bourrier, President of the" technical control "branch of the National Council of Automotive Professions ( CNPA ), to Caradisiac. whole sector.

From 19 to 21% counter-visits, ie 10.5% increase

And to add: "  the critical defects, that is to say those that concern truly dangerous vehicles, are around 2%. This remains a very positive assessment, far from the massacre that some * announced.  This reform of technical control is that of maturity for our profession. We welcome the fact that it contributes to improving safety on the roads. In detail, if you look at the February figures, for example, the average refusal rate was 20.56% in February 2019, compared to 18.4% a year earlier. "

Side failures, and no real surprises, it is (and in this order) the tires, brakes and stop lights that constitute the "winning trio" defects found with obligation to solve the problem within hours of control. "  These are the basic elements of road safety,  " says Karine Bonnet, President of DEKRA Automotive's French Technical Inspection Network (Dekra, Norisko and Autocontrol networks, ie 1,570 centers in France). "  Even if the technical control appears today more severe, one speaks here of an examination which goes at the end of its mission of road safety . Its implementation mainly induces changes internally, with the adoption of a phrasing it is true more complex. The prerequisite to become a controller is in fact reassessed, and where a CAP was sufficient, you must now hold a baccalaureate pro."

Pollution: almost 5 times more diesel recalculated

almost 5 times more diesel recalculated

While they welcome the effects of the reform of the technical control, the professionals are worried by the decline in attendance at the centers. Bernard Bourrier: « the number of initial visits increased by 0.41% in 2018, compared to 2% the previous year. And if we look at the first quarter of 2019, we are -4.52% compared to the same period at N-2. We do not compare to N-1, because the prospect of reform had caused an influx of visits to the centers at the beginning of the year. There, we would be -15% but that does not mean much. Still, a decline in our activity is a bad sign for the entire automotive services industry, both upstream for the preparation of cars and downstream with repairs sometimes induced. It is both disturbing and inexplicable. An effect of the premium to the conversion, with more or less old vehicles sent in mass to the breakage? A consequence of the movement of yellow vests, with law enforcement less vigilant about the validity of the controls? A postponement effectenhanced pollution control on diesels? Difficult to determine precisely, alas."

The man is also very strongly against the announcement, in December, the postponement of pollution control of diesel engines to July 1: "  we are told that diesel pollution is a public health problem, and at the same time, the checks are suspended. Where is the consistency ? Six months off, that's 5 to 6 million vehicles that cut pollution controls and that's huge. Once these are operational, it is expected that about 5% of the vehicles checked will be subject to counter-visit on this criterion, against 1% today. Do not panic, however: 5% of counter-visits due to excessive pollution, this is what we see today for gasoline engines.