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21 October 2020

Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Services Update

Update on RSA Services affected by move to Level 5 Covid19 Restrictions

Under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid19, effective from midnight on Wednesday 21 October, for six weeks, the Government has classified some Road Safety Authority (RSA) services as essential services.

The Government has classed The Driver Testing Service, the National Driver Licence Service, the National Car Testing Service and the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing Service as essential services. Please see below for specific details around each service.

Driver Theory Test has not been categorised as an essential service.

The list of essential services covering a broad range of areas and is available on www.gov.ie

Where services are continuing customers can be assured that all services are being delivered in line with Government policy and health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID 19. Please make sure you are aware of these restrictions before attending for appointments and please come prepared.

Below is an update on the status of RSA services during Level 5 restrictions.

Driving Test

Under Covid19 Level 5 Government restrictions effective from midnight on Wednesday 21 October, for six weeks, you can attend your scheduled driving test appointment provided you are an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets. You can find details on what is included in the list of essential workers and retail outlets on www.gov.ie

We will not be cancelling any existing scheduled driving tests. It is a matter for each individual with a driving test date to satisfy themselves that they are involved in delivering an essential service or essential retail outlet.

We would ask that if you are not someone involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets, that you please cancel your test appointment online using the webform provided. Do not call or email the RSA to cancel your test. This cancelled slot can then be given to someone who does fall under this category.

Customers who have an appointment for a driving test over the next six weeks, and who are an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services and retail outlets should attend their driving test as normal. Anyone looking for a new driving test appointment and falls into either of these categories should first apply for a driving test online and contact the RSA by emailing [email protected] . When emailing this mailbox please ensure you supply your Driver Number in order for us to deal with your query promptly.

Anyone travelling to a driving test centre to sit a driving test, and is an essential worker, is exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions. It may be useful to bring proof of your appointment if stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána on your way to sit your test.

While the driving test itself has not changed, there are elements of the service that are now different due to Covid-19. This is so that we can ensure the safety of our driver testers and our customers. To find out more, check out the video here.

Driver Theory Test (DTT)

The Government has not classified the Driver Theory Test (DTT) as an essential service therefore we must suspend the provision of the service in light of Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

All Driver Theory Tests will be suspended following the conclusion of the last test today Wednesday 21 October 2020 for a period of six weeks.

Candidates who have a driver theory test scheduled up to 30 November 2020, will be contacted to notify them that their test will be rescheduled free of charge when the service resumes. Updates around the re-starting of tests will be published on www.theorytest.ie

National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)

Under Covid19 Level 5 Government restrictions effective from midnight on Wednesday 21 October, for six weeks, you can attend an appointment at an NDLS centre provided you are an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets. You can find details on what is included in the list of essential workers and retail outlets on www.gov.ie.

The RSA does not hold details that would identify the employment status of any customers among those who have a booking at an NDLS centre over the next six weeks, therefore we will not be cancelling any existing customer bookings.

Anyone who has an appointment at an NDLS centre over the next six weeks, and who is an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services and retail outlets should attend their appointment as normal.

Anyone travelling to an NDLS centre to apply for or renew their driving licence or learner permit and is an essential worker is exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions. It may be useful to show proof of your appointment (the text or email you received as confirmation of your booking) if stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána on your way to attend your NDLS appointment .

Anyone looking to book an appointment at an NDLS centre and who is an essential worker can do so on ndls.ie. We would ask that if you are not someone involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets and you have an appointment over the next six weeks, that you please cancel your appointment here so the cancelled slot can be booked by an essential worker who needs to visit an NDLS centre. Please do not call or email the NDLS to cancel your appointment.

Customers are reminded that you can apply to renew your driving licence or permit online at www.ndls.ie if you have a Public Service Card (PSC) a verified MyGovID account and no supporting documentation is required with your application. The NDLS hopes to allow all application types to apply online by mid-November.

Those 70 years of age and over will be contacted directly by the NDLS and invited to renew their licence or permit by post

National Car Testing Service (NCTS)

Under Level 5 Government restrictions which come into effect at midnight on Wednesday 21 October, for six weeks, the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has been identified as an essential service. Customers should attend an NCT centre as normal for their test appointment and is exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions. Vehicle owners requiring retests should also attend at the NCT test centre as normal. 

Vehicle owners are reminded of the 4 month test extension. The National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has now updated all records for those customers’ vehicles that qualified for the 4 month test extension as announced by the Minister in April.

A vehicle with a test due date on or after 28th March 2020 has now had their test date extended by 4 months, see example below

Original NCT Expiry Date New NCT Test Due Date
28 March 2020 28 July 2020
10 May 2020 10 September 2020
15 October 2020* 15 February 2021

*Cars first registered on or after 1st August 2016 are not eligible for the 4 month extension

See here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the resumption of the National Car Testing Service.

Please see here  for more information on the suspension of the NCTS.

 

Commercial Vehicle  Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT)

The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing service (CVRT) has been identified as an essential service and centres remain open. Anyone with an appointment to attend a CVRT centre should attend as normal and are exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions.

It may be useful to bring proof of your appointment if stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána on your way to your test. See here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the resumption of Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing.

Commercial vehicle owners have the responsibility to ensure their vehicle(s) are maintained in a roadworthy condition when used on a public road. Further information on vehicle maintenance can be found here.

 

RSA Enforcement Activity

RSA enforcement activities will be continuing as normal under Covid19 Level 5 restrictions.

For more information on RSA Enforcement click here – https://www.cvrt.ie/en/Operator-Driver-Obligations/Pages/default.aspx

Drivers hours

The temporary derogation from certain rules concerning the driving and resting times for drivers of commercial vehicles will, as previously advised, expire on 31 May. From 1 June 2020, operators and drivers must comply with the normal rules applicable to driving and resting times for drivers of commercial vehicles. See here for more details

 

Tachograph Card Applications

The RSA are continuing to process Tachograph card applications without any current delays. Our processing team are working remotely which may result in delays going forward, but we will endeavour to keep any delays to a minimum. To assist with this, it is vital that all applications for driver cards are correctly completed and all requested supporting documentation being supplied is in order. The RSA recommends that applicants use the on-line digital tachograph system apply here rather than the traditional paper-based application forms.

 

Education Services

The following RSA education services have been suspended until further notice

  • The Check it fits , see here for more information
  • The National Road Safety Education Service
  • The Interactive Road Safety Shuttle
  • Roll Over Simulator

Government measures to delay the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) may temporarily affect our services above. But, don’t worry as you can still use many of our interactive resources and technologies. Our team can also deliver engaging and interactive virtual road safety presentations where road safety education will continue to be our focus. Contact [email protected]  to talk about options.

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) have been classified as providing an essential service. ADIs can continue to provide instruction during Level 5 to people who have a booking reserved to undergo a driving test (an appointment for a driving test). Details are available on www.gov.ie

The RSA cannot issue medical guidance to ADIs on COVID 19 and how they operate their businesses. As they are not RSA employees, ADIs should protect themselves, their families and communities by following the official Government guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.    As mostly sole traders each ADI has an individual responsibility for their own welfare and that of their families and customers. In essence the RSA can't dictate if an ADI can continue to trade.

Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

The Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) periodic training has been identified as an essential service and CPC centres remain open. Drivers with scheduled training should attend as normal for their CPC training and if attending they are exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions.

RSA’s guidance on fitting Perspex panels or other physical barriers to the interior of a vehicle during the Covid19 pandemic

If you are considering fitting your vehicle with perspex panels or any other physical barriers during the Covid19 pandemic, you should contact the vehicle’s original manufacturer or authorised distributor. They are best placed to advise if there are any safety implications or if it is possible to carry out the proposed fitting without affecting the performance of the vehicle’s safety features, e.g. airbags etc. You must also ensure that such any installation does not present a danger to the driver, occupants or any other road user. It is important to remember that, under Irish road traffic regulations it is the responsibility of the owner and or driver to ensure that their vehicle is maintained in a roadworthy condition at all times when used in a public place.

Glazing for motor vehicles must meet with the requirements of UNECE Regulation 43 - Uniform provisions concerning the approval of safety glazing materials and their installation on vehicles. This Regulation sets out standards for safety glazing materials intended for installation as windscreens or other panes, or as partitioning. See extract below taken from this regulation regarding the general requirements for safety glazing;

General Requirements
6.1. All glazing materials, including glazing material for the manufacture of windscreens, shall be such that, in the event of shattering, the danger of bodily injury is reduced as far as possible. The glazing material shall be sufficiently resistant to the incidents likely to occur in normal traffic, and to atmospheric and temperature conditions, chemical action, combustion and abrasion.
6.2. Safety glazing materials shall in addition be sufficiently transparent, shall not cause any noticeable distortions of objects as seen through the windscreen, and shall not give rise to any confusion between the colours used in road-traffic signs and signals. In the event of the windscreen's shattering, the driver shall still be able to see the road clearly enough to be able to brake and stop his vehicle safely.

Please note the regular light transmittance in the case of a windscreen and other glazing that is located in a position requisite for driving visibility shall not be less than 70%.

It should be noted that if such panels or glazing is being fitted to a vehicle that is used for ‘hire and reward’ i.e. commercial purposes it is classed as a work place environment and will be governed by health and safety legislation. It may be useful to contact the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) for information on additional health and safety / legal obligations that arise on this issue. See here their webpage on Driving for Work and their contact details here

 The RSA refers you to the HSE Coronavirus- COVID-19 Public Health Advice and Guidance as per the following link; https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

 

 

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