IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

Driving test update

Please note that our customer service agents cannot book or cancel driving tests over the phone or offer any updates on waiting times, so we kindly ask that you do not telephone our call centre for this information. 

 

Test appointments are solely by invitation

Test appointments are by invitation only so if you’re already on the driving test waiting list, no further action is needed. We’ll contact you directly when slots become available.

 

If you have received an invitation to book a test, need to cancel a test, or wish to join the waiting list, please go ahead and sign in to MyRoadSafety now.

 

Urgent tests for essential workers only

Under current restrictions, we can only offer tests to essential workers. If you’re an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all your driver training please fill in this form and we’ll prioritise your application.

 

If you’re not an essential worker and have an upcoming appointment scheduled, please cancel your test. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you will be kept on the waiting list. Know more

 

Covid-19 safety measures

We have introduced new safety measures to the driving test which candidates must follow. Know more

 

Weather disruptions

Check if your driving test is affected by adverse weatherTests will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.

 

Weights

Find out some of the main weight related offences relevant to commercial vehicles.

Legal instrument Offence description Penalty

Road Traffic Act 1961

Section 12 (4)

Maximum gross weight

Contravention of s.12(3)  - use by user or owner on a public road of a vehicle exceeding maximum weights specified by regulation made under s.12

Both the owner and driver are subject to overweight penalties and enforcement of this legislation is carried out by An Garda Síochána. Since 3rd August 2012 the driver of an overweight vehicle will receive one penalty point on payment of a €200 fixed charge within 28 days of the date of the fixed charge notice (increasing to €300 in subsequent 28 day period) or three penalty points on conviction in court. Where a member of the Garda Síochána reasonably believes that a fixed charge offence has been or is being committed by a person, the member can serve a fixed charge notice on such person. Where the garda cannot identify the person responsible for the breach of the legislation, he or she may serve the fixed charge notice on the registered owner of the vehicle and the registered owner has 28 days in which to give to the Garda Síochána the name and address of the person who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence or else make the payment specified in the fixed charge notice.

Court prosecutions should not take place unless a fixed charge notice has been issued and subsequently not paid On conviction, the courts can then impose on the owner of the vehicle a class C fine (up to €2,500), a prison sentence or both.  If convicted the vehicle owner (provided the conviction relates to the operation of a vehicle with a laden weight exceeding 17 tonnes) will also have further penalties payable to the appropriate Local Authority and details of these can be found on our dedicated webpage on Weights & Dimensions

SI No. 224 of 2000

Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
Regulation 4

Maximum axle weight

Contravention of provisions of Regulation 4 - maximum weight requirements for vehicle axles.

Both the owner and driver are subject to overweight penalties and enforcement of this legislation is carried out by An Garda Síochána. Since 3rd August 2012 the driver of a vehicle with an overweight axle will receive one penalty point on payment of a €200 fixed charge within 28 days of the date of the fixed charge notice (increasing to €300 in subsequent 28 day period) or three penalty points on conviction in court. Where a member of the Garda Síochána reasonably believes that a fixed charge offence has been or is being committed by a person, the member can serve a fixed charge notice on such person. Where the garda cannot identify the person responsible for the breach of the legislation, he or she may serve the fixed charge notice on the registered owner of the vehicle and the registered owner has 28 days in which to give to the Garda Síochána the name and address of the person who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence or else make the payment specified in the fixed charge notice.

Court prosecutions should not take place unless a fixed charge notice has been issued and subsequently not paid On conviction, the courts can then impose on the owner of the vehicle a class C fine (up to €2,500), a prison sentence or both.  If convicted the vehicle owner (provided the conviction relates to the operation of a vehicle with a laden weight exceeding 17 tonnes) will also have further penalties payable to the appropriate Local Authority and details of these can be found on our dedicated webpage on Weights & Dimensions

 

The table above should not be treated as a legal interpretation of any law requirements. It is a matter for each operator, owner and driver to ensure that he or she complies with the applicable law.