All about STK – stanice technické kontroly

Technická kontrola (STK), also known as vehicle inspection, is a mandatory requirement for all motor vehicles in the Czech Republic. Let’s delve into the details:

  1. What Is STK?:
    • STK stands for Stanice technické kontroly (Station of Technical Control).
    • It involves a thorough inspection of a motor vehicle’s technical condition, as stipulated by law.
    • STK stations not only perform regular technical inspections but also offer additional services such as emission measurements, tachograph verification, and registration checks.
    • All road-registered vehicles in the Czech Republic (except category R vehicles) must undergo regular STK.
    • The different types of technical inspections include:
      • Regular Technical Inspection: Conducted every 2 years for most passenger cars. New vehicles require their first inspection after 4 years of use, followed by biennial inspections.
      • Reinspection: If any issues are found during the regular inspection, a reinspection is necessary.
      • Registration Check: Ensures the vehicle’s compliance with registration requirements.
      • Customer-Requested Inspection: Performed upon the owner’s request.
      • Inspection Before Vehicle Registration: Required before registering a vehicle.
      • Inspection for Technical Eligibility Approval: Necessary for approving a vehicle’s technical suitability.
      • ADR Inspection: For vehicles transporting dangerous goods.
    • The cost of regular technical inspections varies by each STK station, typically ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 CZK.
    • The validity period of STK is indicated on the large technical certificate or the red sticker on the rear license plate.
  2. STK Process:
    • Before heading to the STK station, ensure the following:
      • Check your vehicle thoroughly: lights, brakes, fluid leaks, tire dimensions, and tread depth.
      • Remove old highway stickers and wheel covers if your vehicle has them.
      • Gather the necessary documents (described below).
      • Find out the STK fee and payment options (cash or card).
    • Upon arrival at the STK station:
      • Visit the reception/office, submit the required documents, and pay the fee.
      • Proceed to the workshop, where a mechanic will measure emissions and verify the VIN.
      • The actual vehicle inspection (details below) usually takes place in a separate area.
      • The mechanic typically performs the inspection without your presence.
    • During the inspection, the mechanic checks various aspects, including lights, brakes, suspension, and more.
    • If your vehicle is in good condition, there’s no need to worry. However, if it’s older or has issues, consider having an auto mechanic inspect and address any potential problems beforehand.

Remember, STK ensures your vehicle’s safety and compliance, so embrace it as part of responsible car ownership!
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