Everybody knows them, the main examinations of his car by the TÜV. In Germany, only TÜV-approved (or similar associations from abroad for foreign vehicles) may be on the roads.
Violations are quickly detected by the police, who have a special eye for non-existent stickers or routinely check when the TÜV expires at each vehicle inspection.
The predecessor is the DÜV, a Hamburg association for the supervision of steam boilers, which was founded in 1869. The reason for the foundation was a steam boiler explosion in Hanover in 1855 and the resulting regular inspections of steam boilers.
Thus, in 1900, there were already almost 90,000 steam boilers in Germany that were checked by 273 engineers to ensure that they functioned properly.
It is interesting to note that the TÜV has also been responsible for testing car drivers and other vehicle operators since 1903.
In its extensive over 100 years long development, the German TÜV is among other things responsible for: Driver’s license, major car examinations, product certification, It security, certification of websites, buildings and real estate, environment, noise, light, hazardous materials, machinery and industry, and much more.