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. 

 

Test appointments are solely by invitation

Test appointments are by invitation only so if you’re already on the driving test waiting list, no further action is needed. We’ll contact you directly when slots become available.

 

If you have received an invitation to book a test, need to cancel a test, or wish to join the waiting list, please go ahead and sign in to MyRoadSafety now.

 

Urgent tests for essential workers only

Under current restrictions, we can only offer tests to essential workers. If you’re an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all your driver training please fill in this form and we’ll prioritise your application.

 

If you’re not an essential worker and have an upcoming appointment scheduled, please cancel your test. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you will be kept on the waiting list. Know more

 

Covid-19 safety measures

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

 

Weather disruptions

Check if your driving test is affected by adverse weatherTests will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.

 

Standards

Standards are a key component of road safety. This section deals with standards for vehicles, private and commercial, on Irish roads

Vehicle standards

Vehicle standards, and vehicle testing for compliance, are a vital aspect of road safety.

Road safety statistics show that dangerous and defective vehicles are a factor in road deaths and serious injuries.

Vehicle owners, by law, must get their vehicle tested through the NCT, otherwise they can put themselves and others at risk by driving vehicles that may be dangerously defective, for example with poor brakes, damaged suspension, worn tyres, or defective lighting.

See our Vehicle Standards section for more information about the standards that apply to cars and commercial vehicles.

The Vehicle Standards & Enforcement Directorate of the Road Safety Authority deals with standards for vehicles in use on our roads and standards that must be met before a vehicle enters into service.

Second hand cars

You should get a valid certificate of roadworthiness when you purchase a second hand car over 4 years old.  This certificate simply confirms that the vehicle met a set of basic requirements at the time it was tested having regard that only items visible and accessible can be assessed.

No reliance may be placed by a prospective purchaser on the certificate of roadworthiness for assurance that the vehicle is in good condition when they purchase it. 

Instead, you should get a suitably qualified mechanic or auto engineer to inspect the vehicle before you buy it.   If you purchased a vehicle which you later found unsatisfactory, or unfit for purpose, you can contact the Competition and Consumer protection commission for advice on your rights.

Further information

For specific queries on vehicle standards, contact:

Vehicle Standards
The Road Safety Authority
Moy Business Park
Primrose Hill
Dublin Road
Ballina
Co Mayo

Tel: 096 25014

Fax: 096 25252

Email: vehiclestandards@rsa.ie