Roadworthiness Testing of Vintage Vehicles

Public consultation on testing of Vintage Vehicles.


The Road Safety Authority (RSA) received almost 2,000 submissions to its public consultation on Vintage Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing; the majority of which came from individual enthusiasts and clubs.

Due to the volume of responses, the Authority was unable to acknowledge receipt of each individually but wishes to thank everyone who provided feedback. All the feedback has been analysed and is reflected in a report and recommendations to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

In formulating these recommendations, the Authority sought to ensure that a balance is struck between the obligations on vintage vehicles used infrequently and solely for social and domestic purposes and road safety, vehicle and environmental considerations. This includes ensuring that vehicles are tested against the standards to which they were originally built as opposed to the standards applicable to more modern vehicles.

A further update will be posted to this webpage once the Minister, having considered the recommendations contained in the Authority’s report, has made a decision on the best way forward.


What is the purpose of this consulatation?

In accordance with action 59 of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2013 – 2020, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is reviewing the roadworthiness testing requirements for vintage vehicles.

As part of this review, a public consultation has been launched and individuals, clubs or associations are invited to give their views on a number of proposals concerning the future roadworthiness testing requirements for such vehicles.

To download or print a copy of the document, please click on the link below.

Roadworthiness Testing of Vintage Vehicles - Consultation Document (PDF).

Your comments

Feedback should be provided using the dedicated response form which is available at the link below.

Roadworthiness Testing of Vintage Vehicles – Response Form(DOC).

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday 14 November 2014. Your feedback should be e-mailed to: [email protected] or posted to:

Vintage Vehicles Consultation
Vehicle Standards Section,
Road Safety Authority,
Moy Valley Business Park,
Primrose Hill,
Co. Mayo.

Tel No: 096 25014