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Passenger cars

Information and frequently asked questions on passenger cars.

This content is for general information only. It does not, and is not intended to, provide legal or technical advice or to represent a legal interpretation of the matters it addresses.

Frequently asked questions

These vehicles are designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers, comprising of no more than eight seats in addition to the driver.

If a bicycle carrier or other similar attachment were to obscure the lights and reflectors required to be fitted to the rear of a vehicle, then a light board or lamps should be fitted to the attachment itself.

Health and Safety law applies to driving for work in the same way as for all work activities. Employers should have a safety management system in place for managing all work-related risks and as part of this, a vehicle should be safe and roadworthy. For further guidance on driving for work contact HSA on

You will need to contact the manufacturer or authorised distributor to see if your vehicle is designed to do so and to ensure that it is fitted correctly. 

No. However we recommend carrying a breakdown warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher and spare bulb kit in your vehicle.

The law requires that new vehicles must use metric units i.e., km on the speedometer.

Passenger cars are not currently within this scope. Intelligent speed assistance (ISA) technology has been mandated in some new vehicle models since July 2022.

It is advisable to make your reservation directly with a car rental company approved by the Car Rental Council of Ireland. Any complaint with respect to your car rental service should be lodged with this council.

Yes. All vehicles in use in a public place must conform to Construction, Equipment and Use Regulations. In summary the vehicle shall be maintained in a roadworthy condition at all times and must not present a danger to any road user.

Yes. We would always advise that you carry out a walk around check before driving any vehicle. Always check that there is valid insurance and tax and if the vehicle is over four years that there is a valid NCT disc displayed on the windscreen.

Yes, provided the roof rack or box is compatible with the vehicle and any load fitted is securely attached with no possibility of it falling off. You should also ensure that you do not exceed the design capacity of the roof rack or the design gross weight of the vehicle as set out by the manufacturer.

Yes, however under the Road Traffic Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles regulations animals are classed as a ‘load’ in a vehicle and therefore must be properly secured and not present a danger to any person. In addition, the ‘load’ must not impede the driver’s control over the vehicle or their view of the road. For more detailed information on the securement of loads refer to S.I. No. 190 of 1963 under Section 92 ‘General duties of drivers and others and Article 96 General provisions.

We recommend that you secure your pet safely on any journey so that it cannot distract or hinder the driver in any way. To ensure passenger and animal safety, pets should be contained within a travelling crate or container. It is also advisable to use a safety grid or mesh.

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