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Proposed reforms to testing arrangements for Commercial Vehicles and ADR Vehicles

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is currently engaged in the implementation of a wide-ranging Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (CVR) reform programme. (Closed 4th May 2011)

This reform programme will drive a “step change” in the roadworthiness standards of commercial vehicles operating on Ireland’s roads, with the:

Purpose: of saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing the number of accidents involving commercial vehicles on Ireland’s roads.
Benefits: of reducing congestion and other economic costs to the State; creating a “level playing field” for Ireland’s operators through targeting those who choose not to maintain the roadworthiness of their fleet; enhancing testing and testing efficiencies for Ireland’s network of commercial vehicle & ADR test centres (which test roadworthiness of vehicles carrying dangerous goods); and ensuring greater compliance of commercial vehicle annual testing.

The programme was initiated following a request by the Minister for Transport to perform a detailed review of the Irish roadworthiness testing, compliance and enforcement regimes. The Road Safety Authority (“RSA”) has been charged with delivering on these recommendations, and the CVR Reform Programme was formally initiated in July 2010, with the programme up-front costs being financed by the RSA.

What is this consultation about

As part of this programme, the RSA is conducting a review of the standards for Commercial Vehicle test centres, the arrangements for the annual roadworthiness test for commercial vehicles generally (heavy goods vehicles (HGV), public service vehicles (PSV), trailers and light goods vehicles (LGV) as well as the annual technical inspections of vehicles which are used for the carriage of dangerous goods, either in or on vehicles (ADR vehicles), by road in Ireland. The goal is to enhance the reputation of the test centre network for providing consistent and high quality vehicle testing services, through the adoption of national and international good practices.

Following earlier consultation, an overall strategy for reform of CVR reform was devised, including the following:

  • responsibility for licensing and supervision of test centres would be transferred from Local Authorities to the RSA;
  • transition to a regime where test due dates are determined by reference to date of first registration (rather than being based on the date of last test);
  • licences for test centres will be for a fixed term (of up to10 years); 
  • restrictions on test centres testing vehicles in which they have management, financial or other interest;
  • regular assessment of vehicle testers; and 
  • maintenance of central databases in relation to test centres and vehicle testers.

This consultation document covers the implementation of these and other related changes, focusing, in particular, on:

  • changes to the licensing and supervision of test centres and vehicle testers;
  • changing the fee structure;
  • how to ensure competency;
  • changes to licensed tester training;
  • changes to disciplinary processes;
  • the supervisory arrangements (including technical inspections) for licensed test centres;
  • additions to premises and equipment requirements; 
  • annual testing;
  • self-testing and independence controls; and
  • the basis upon which new ADR licenses may be issued.

The RSA wishes to obtain the views of key stakeholders as part of its review. This consultation contains surveys (located in the Appendix to this document) aimed at Commercial Vehicle Operators and Commercial Vehicle Test Centres specifically and the RSA would encourage such persons to complete and return the surveys. In addition, the RSA welcomes and looks forward to receiving input from other interested stakeholders.
It should be noted that this consultation focuses primarily on the future arrangements as they affect test centres and vehicle testers. A separate consultation paper will be issued in due course, to deal with those aspects of the CVR reform programme that impact on Owners and Operators of commercial vehicles.

Please also note that the completed survey forms contained in the appendix to this consultation document, coupled with any other observations should submitted no later than the 4th May 2011, in accordance with Section 16 of the consultation document.

Your comments

The outcome of the consultation will be considered in implementing the reform of the commercial vehicle roadworthiness testing system.

The consultative process lasts until Wednesday 4th May 2011.

You are invited to send your views to: [email protected]  

or, in writing to:

Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing Consultation
Road Safety Authority,
Clonfert House
Bride Street 
Co Galway.

Electronic copies of the consultation document may be downloaded from this page.