THE European Commission has proposed tighter controls on road safety, which could see vehicle owners in France have to get a contrôle technique every year.
In France a contrôle technique, the equivalent of the UK's MOT, has to be undertaken every two years on cars that are more than four years old.
But the European Commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas, believes tighter regulations would save more than 1,200 lives a year and avoid more than 36,000 accidents in Europe linked to technical failure.
And one of the proposals would see an increase in the frequency of periodic roadworthiness tests for old vehicles, putting in place a minimum requirement that EU member states have to meet.
At present the minimum requirement is 4-2-2, which is after four years a first test, then after two years another test and then every two years a test.
However, the Commission says it wants to see a 4-2-1 standard, so that all older cars would eventually be tested every year.
Tighter controls are also proposed for cars that undertake high mileage, similar in style to current tests for taxis and ambulances, while testing for motorcycles and scooters would also be introduced.
The proposals must be approved by both the European Parliament and member states before becoming law.
But considering the heightened awareness of road safety in France, such as the requirement to have a single use alcohol breathalyser in your vehicle, it seems likely that an annual contrôle technique would be introduced.