IMPORTANT NOTICE

Driving Test Update

Please note that our customer service agents cannot book or cancel driving tests over the phone or offer any updates on waiting times, so we kindly ask that you do not telephone our call centre for this information.

 

Update on Driving Test Services:

Please see update in relation to the gradual resumption of driving test services following the latest Government announcement on 29 May.  

 

Are you an essential worker who needs a test urgently?

If you are an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all of your driver training, please fill in this form and we will prioritise your application. Know more >

 

Need to add yourself to the driving test waiting list?

Please visit our new customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie to make an application and manage your booking.

 

Driver training queries

From 10 May 2021, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) will be allowed to offer Essential Driver Training (EDT) but only to essential workers, please fill in this form if you are an essential worker and want to complete EDT. The ADI portal will reopen from 10 May 2021. Know more >

 

 

Motorcyclists

Initial Basic Training (IBT) will resume from 10 May 2021 for all motorcyclists, not just essential workers, as will driver testing for all motorcycle categories. Know more >

 

 

Covid 19 Safety Measures

We have introduced new safety measures to the driving test which candidates must follow Know more>

 

What is the Commercial Vehicle RoadworthinessTest

Information about the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test benefits and what it involves.

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What is the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test?

The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) is a roadworthiness test for all commercial vehicles, buses with more than eight passenger seats and ambulances, all over one year old. The purpose of the test is to ensure that these vehicles are in good condition throughout its entire life.

All commercial vehicles must be tested when they are over one year old and annually after that.

There are two types of commercial vehicle tests, one for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) and one for Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCVs).

The LCV test is for:

  • all small goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 3,500 kg or less

The HCV test covers all other commercial vehicles including:

  • goods vehicles over 3,500 kg GVW
  • goods trailers over 3,500 kg GVW
  • buses with more than eight passenger seats
  • ambulances

What test examines

The CVRT test includes:

  • Brakes
  • Lights and markings
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Steering and suspension
  • Chassis and underbody
  • Tachograph
  • Speed limiter
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Electrical systems
  • Glass and mirrors

Benefits of maintenance

  • Safer, more reliable vehicles
  • Avoidance of penalty points, fines and possible imprisonment

Fees

The cost of the Commercial vehicle roadworthiness test varies according to vehicle size.
See Commercial Vehicle testing fees.

Re-tests

All retests must be completed within 21 calendar days and within 4,000 kms of the initial test or you'll need to repeat the full test.

A visual re-test is free, but a retest that requires a test lane has a fee that is half of the normal test fee. You should repair vehicle fail items immediately and present the vehicle for re-test as soon as possible.

Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Reform

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is currently engaged in the implementation of a wide-ranging Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (CVR) reform programme. This reform programme will see the transfer of functions in relation to the roadworthiness testing of commercial vehicles  pass from Local Authorities to the RSA.

The CVR reform program will also reform the way Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (CRV) testing centres and authorised testers are licensed and provide greater powers of enforcement to the RSA through targeted roadside inspections and inspections of commercial vehicle operators’ premises. Find out more about the CVR reform programme