Heavy commercial vehicles

#Periodic inspection

Heavy commercial vehicles are subject to an annual technical inspection from the time they are put on the road. This means that your vehicle must be presented spontaneously after it had been registered.

For crane vehicles, the basic interval between periodic inspections is 2 years. The bonus system does not apply for this type of vehicle.

#Re-inspection/additional visit

If your vehicle has been given a technical inspection certificate with a limited validity, a re-inspection must be carried out at the same centre to check that the defects noted have been repaired.
Please present your vehicle within the period stated on your technical inspection certificate. If this period is exceeded by 2 months or more, you will require another full inspection.

#Administrative inspection

Before registration in the name of a new owner, only the documents of the vehicle need to be presented for an administrative inspection so that the registration application form can be completed and approved.

After registration, the new owner will be required to present the vehicle for a full inspection, as well as to be weighed.

#Registration inspection

Registration of a new vehicle

Immediately after the registration of a new vehicle and before it is put on the road, you must present it for a full technical inspection, as well as to be weighed.

Registration of a used vehicle

If it is the registration of a used vehicle, an administrative inspection is necessary before it can be registered in the name of a new owner. After registration, you must present it again for a full technical inspection, as well as to be weighed.

Identification report

Following your visit, an identification report will be drawn up, covering the following details:
• Tare (unladen weight)
• Maximum Authorised Mass and Maximum Technical Mass (MAM and MTA)
• Maximum Authorised Mass for the axles
• Type of towing device, where applicable
• Masses that can be towed (with a towing device)
• Maximum load capacity (maximum payload mass that can be transported by the vehicles)

#ADR inspection

Trucks intended for ADR transport are subject to a quarterly basic technical inspection, as well as a specific annual inspection. On completion of this specific inspection and provided your vehicle complies with standards, you will be given an ADR approval certificate with a validity period of 1 year. The ADR approval certificate is only valid if it is accompanied by a valid inspection certificate.

If your vehicle is issued with an ‘ADR transport not permitted’ notice, you may continue to use your vehicle on condition it is not used to carry hazardous products. However, any defects must be remedied before being able to resume ADR transport.

The bonus system enables you to obtain an extension to the validity of your technical inspection certificate to 6 months.

If you are issued with a green certificate on completion of the full periodic inspection (i.e. no re-inspection is required) and the essential safety elements are in good order, you may benefit from having the validity period doubled.

#Tow hook inspection

If you have just fitted a towing device to your vehicle, don’t forget that it must also be inspected:

As soon as the device is placed in service

If the installation is factory-fitted or brand new, the towing device will be inspected at the time of the first technical inspection. The maximum masses that can be towed by the vehicle will be stated in the identification report issued.

If you have a towing device fitted after registration, it is up to the installer or you to present your vehicle spontaneously for a technical inspection. A full inspection (basic inspection + check of the towing device and the way it has been installed + weighing) will be carried out. You will be issued with a new technical inspection certificate, as well as a new identification report.

Periodic inspections

A full towing device, installed and attached, is mandatory during the periodic inspection, otherwise a red certificate with validity limited to 15 days will be issued to you.

After removal (administrative regularisation)

The vehicle will be weighed and a new identification report drawn up.

#Alteration (tuning)

As soon as any modifications or conversions are made to your vehicle, you must present it for a technical inspection to check whether you can drive around in it safely.

If the conversion is such that it affects the unladen weight of the vehicle, the vehicle will be weighed and a new identification report drawn up.

#Importing a vehicle

The 705 label from the customs office has been replaced since February 4, 2019, by an electronic information called ‘e-705’. The latter is sent to the Vehicle Registration Department office (DIV) directly. The registration application form, however, can only be obtained from an inspection centre.

Registering via WebDIV

Since 1 April 2019, it is possible to register vehicles imported from the EU via WebDIV.

This procedure is only possible if all following conditions are met:

1. Your vehicle has to be a category M, N or O.
M: cars and buses
N: (light) trucks
O: (semi)trailers

Categories T, C, R and S (agricultural tractors, tracked vehicles and agricultural trailers) are excluded.

2. Your chassis number must contain 17 characters.

3. Your vehicle needs to clear customs. Go to the nearest customs office with the documents of the vehicle and the purchase invoice.

4. You need to pre-register your vehicle. Visit the website for FPS Mobility and Transport and have your electronic identity card ready.

If all these steps are carried out in this order, the registration can directly be made by the insurer.

Approval inspection

For vehicles already registered in another Member State of the European Union and that have a European approval number, the European certificate of conformity (COC) is not required. This means that these vehicles are exempt from the approval inspection and may be presented directly for a used vehicle inspection in any of our centres.

All other vehicles must have a Belgian or European certificate of conformity. Where applicable, you can obtain this certificate from the official importer for the make of vehicle, or on completion of a special approval inspection at an inspection centre with authority to carry out such inspections.

For more information about this type of inspection, we advise you to contact our customer service department on 087/57.20.30.
To make an appointment (which is compulsory for this procedure), call 087/39.39.49.

Administrative inspection

If there is a change of owner, an administrative inspection must then be carried out. Making an appointment is not possible for this type of inspection. Please present yourself spontaneously at the inspection centre of your choice.

Provided your vehicle passes the technical inspection, a label will be issued and placed on the registration application form. Your insurer can then affix its official stamp and lodge your registration application with the Department of Vehicle Registrations (DIV).

To register a new vehicle or for re-registrations in the name of the same owner, a used vehicle inspection is not necessary. All processes will then be carried out with your insurer.

Inspection after registration

After registration, you are required to present your vehicle once again for a full technical inspection, as well as to be weighed.

#Inspection post-accident - Trucks, buses, camping-cars, trailers

If your vehicle has been in an accident, it may be submitted, on the decision of a loss-adjuster, to a post-accident inspection. The aim of this inspection is to check whether your vehicle can be put back on the road without endangering the safety of its passengers, as well as that of other road users.
On completion of this inspection, you will receive a technical inspection certificate indicating any defects.
A post-accident inspection in no way modifies the reference date for the periodic inspection and hence at the most grants validity until the next periodic inspection.
This inspection may take the place of the periodic inspection if it is carried out within a period of 1 month prior to the reference date.