Periodic Technical Inspections

Depending in which country you operate your vehicle PTI (Periodic Technical Inspection) can be called, MOT (Ministry of Transport test) or vehicle inspection or National Car Test or periodic roadworthiness test. For the sake of simplicity we will refer it as "PTI".

Within the PTI field GTUE has experienced above average growth rates. GTUE and their Partners operated this important business with highest priority. Therefore, GTUE has a secure market position as the third largest inspection organisation in Germany and achieves a market share of over 14%.

The main goal of the GTUE inspectors is to improve road safety. GTUE operates on behalf of the German state governments according to the Road Traffic Regulations (e.g. §29 StVZO).

The core PTI service of the GTUE inspectors is to conduct the “Hauptuntersuchung” which is the main vehicle inspection on two-wheelers, cars, lorries and trailers. PTI (Hauptuntersuchung) is conducted in accordance to German regulations with an integrated exhaust emission test. The German “Hauptuntersuchung” is based on the 2009/40/EC and includes additionally inspection points according to national legislation.

Following the GTUE motto “More service for safety” the GTUE inspectors are committed to road traffic safety. An inspection seal will be issued on your vehicle after a positive inspection.

Since 01.12.1999 there is no tolerance on an overdue PTI. So if want to omit a fine, check the data on the inspection seal which is on the rear number plate of the back of your vehicle. There you will see the month and the year of the next PTI. The colour also gives you information about the year of the next PTI.

Reading the data given by the inspection seal correctly:

  • the upstanding number shows the month of the next PTI
  • the number in the middle shows the year of your next PTI

Colours of the inspection seal and their meaning:
(The order of the colours repeats every six years)

Further PTI’s are modification approvals according to § 19.3 StVZO. These include a specific inspection after wheels or tires conversions or the adaptation of a towing hook or any further vehicle modifications (eg, lowering).

GTUE inspectors conduct vehicle inspections on public transportation such as on taxis and buses or historical vehicles, inspections of vehicles transporting dangerous goods (ADR/RID) and verification of type approvals.