Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) issuing arrangements for Commercial Vehicles

The RSA seek to receive feedback on the current CRW issuing system for commercial vehicles. The consultation will enable the RSA to assess views on the system and to gather recommendations.

'The RSA would like to thank all those who participated in the  CRW commercial vehicles system review.

Please be aware that the survey closed on the 11th September 2015.'


What is this consultation about?

The current CRW issuing system was implemented in 2013 in an effort to tackle unacceptable compliance rates and to help make Ireland’s roads safer.

Commercial vehicles must be tested annually. CRWs are issued upon the successful completion of the test.

A 12 month CRW is issued only to owners who have passed their vehicle test on time. Shorter duration CRWs are issued to owners who have presented late for test. The RSA’s purpose is to encourage on-time vehicle testing through these measures.

The RSA believes the current system helps to enhance fair market competition among operators and improves safety on Ireland’s roads.

The RSA wish to gather recommendations on the current CRW issuing arrangements.

Since the introduction of the current arrangements for issuing CRWs in October 2013, the following changes have taken place:

  • Large buses are most likely to be tested on time (80%)
  • HCVs / trailers have improved from 64% tested on-time to 75% on-time
  • 3.5-7.5 tonne vehicles have improved from 47% tested on-time to 56% on-time
  • LCVs have improved from 45% tested on-time to 57% on-time
  • Those getting ‘short certs’ of less than 6 months have reduced from 10.7% to 6.3%
  • Those tested over 1 year late have fallen from 9.2% to 6.1%  

Based on a sample of 1,000 vehicles (sample taken prior to the implementation of the RSA’s Commercial Vehicle Reform programme), approximately only 70% of tests that should have been completed were carried out (3,500 vs 5,000 over a 5 year period). This implied tests were done every 17 months, on average, despite the requirement to test annually. Today, the average is closer to 14 months. 

8,952 vehicles found to be ‘fail dangerous’ since the introduction of the 2013 changes highlighting that there are still issues around commercial vehicle quality.

The RSA wish to gather recommendations on the above arrangements.


The Road Safety Authority seek feedback from the following groups: -

  • Commercial vehicle owners/operators
  • Members of the motor industry
  • Other interested parties

The following vehicle types will be covered in this public consultation: light and heavy commercial vehicles, large public service vehicles, trailers, motor caravans and ambulances.

We expect the short survey to take approximately 10 minutes to complete depending on the extent of your feedback.