Vehicle Standards

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

Why Standards Matter

There is a strong link between defective vehicles and road traffic collisions. Governments can create vehicle safety requirements, but drivers are responsible for keeping their vehicles roadworthy.

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.

Agricultural Vehicles

The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport has recently signed legislation introducing revised standards for agricultural vehicles.

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.

Vehicles in service

It is a key basic road safety requirement that all vehicles and trailers on our roads, and all components of those vehicles, conform to a minimum standard of construction. It is the legal responsibility of the owner and driver of a vehicle or combination of vehicles to ensure that, when it is used in a public place, it is in such a condition that it is not liable to endanger other road users.

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 Recall

Motor vehicles are legally required to be manufactured in such a way as to be sufficiently safe and environmentally acceptable for road use. In some cases vehicles may be subject to a recall

Weights & Dimensions

Information on the maximum permitted weights and dimensions of mechanically propelled vehicles and trailers operating in Ireland.


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

Surveys & Consultations

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