During the inspection, the vehicle is inspected for the following:

  • The vehicle and its equipment are in the condition required by the regulations
  • Vehicle is safe to use in traffic
  • The vehicle does not cause excessive environmental damage
  • The vehicle’s mandatory payments and insurances have been paid

Vehicle inspection is statutory in Finland and is based on the current vehicle inspection regulation. The details inspected during a periodic inspection and the criteria for the assessment are set out in general terms in the Directive. On this basis, each EU country acts in accordance with its own legislation.

Vehicle inspection assessment criteria in Finnish (Finlex)
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  • More than half of the cars that do not pass the inspection fail the inspection due to a failure in the braking system. (The brake discs, brake hoses or brake pads are worn or otherwise faulty. There are also deficiencies in the performance of the brakes.)
  • Malfunctions of axle mountings and pivot points are detected in more than half of the vehicles. (The swivel points on the front axle are often loose. Many defects can also be found in the vehicle suspension or shock absorbers.)
  • Defects which do not on their own cause a vehicle to not pass an inspection are, as a rule, minor faults. (For example, the low beam, license plate light or parking light not working. It is advisable to check the condition of the windshield, lights and wipers before the inspection.)