Roadworthiness Testing of Motor Caravans

The RSA launched  a public consultation on 31st March 2010 undertaking a review of Motor Caravan roadworthiness testing. (Closed 12th May 2010)

As part of this review the RSA is consulting with owners of Motor Caravans, individuals and organisations who sell and hire Motor Caravans, the general public and other stakeholder groups who have an interest in the safe operation of such vehicles on Irish roads.

Roadworthiness testing of motor caravans - consultation document (PDF)

RSA policy, to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road, is to require as many vehicle categories as possible to undergo periodic roadworthiness testing. 

Every owner and driver is obliged to ensure that their vehicle is roadworthy and in compliance with the law. Roadworthiness testing is a preventative measure which helps ensure that vehicles using our roads are in sound working order.  It is a mandatory requirement throughout the EU and is governed by EC Directive 2009/40/EC which sets out the requirements for testing of motor vehicles and trailers and only exempts from testing vehicles owned by the armed forces, police and fire services. 

In light of this the RSA wish to revise our national roadworthiness testing regulations to ensure that an appropriate test is mandated for Motor Caravans.

Your comments

The RSA wishes to hear from all road users, interest groups and others who have views, advice and suggestions on the policy options available in relation to the roadworthiness testing of Motor Caravans.

The consultative process commences on 31st March 2010 and lasts until 12th May 2010. Comments should be e-mailed to motorcaravanconsultation@rsa.ie or posted to:

Motor Caravan Consultation
Vehicle Standards
Road Safety Authority
Moy Valley Business Park
Primrose Hill
Ballina
Co Mayo