Vehicle Standards

All vehicles must comply with certain standards before they are deemed roadworthy.

Vehicle Permits

Public service vehicles (PSVs) are vehicles that carry passengers for hire or reward e.g. buses, taxis hackneys, limousines and land trains. When a PSV does not fully meet Irish road traffic regulations, the PSV officer (a member of An Garda Síochána) will request the Road Safety Authority to grant a special permit to allow these vehicles be used on Irish roads subject to specified conditions.

 

Irish Vehicle Law - FAQs

Here you will find straightforward answers to questions about what standard your vehicle should meet under Irish law.  Please click on the topic below that best suits your query.

Vehicle Type Approval

Type approval helps remove barriers to trade for manufacturers and ensures that new vehicles are manufactured to prescribed safety and environmental standards.

End of Series Vehicles

What is an end of series vehicle, who can apply for an end of series exemption and what information we need to process an application for exemption.

Vehicle Components

EC directives and regulations set the type approval requirements that certain components are required to meet in order to be placed on the market for motor vehicles. The components must also be marked and labelled as prescribed in the regulatory acts. The requirements apply to both approval of components already fitted to new vehicles and to replacement components placed on the market. Examples of replacement components which require approval to be sold or fitted to certain vehicles include; tyres, exhaust silencers, catalytic converters, glazing, seat belts, brake linings, coupling devices, lights and light bulbs.

Archived Publications

Find information on changes to legislation, consulatations concerning proposed changes and information on EU proposals