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Vehicle standards for light commercial vehicles (LCVs)

Important vehicle standards for LCVs such as roadworthiness, towing capacities, maintenance and repair. 

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.

Light commercial vehicles (LCVs) are vehicles which have a design gross vehicle weight (DGVW) or maximum authorised mass (MAM) not exceeding 3.5 tonnes.

These include: 

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Jeeps

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Light vans

Light trucks


Maintaining and repairing your vehicle

As the owner or operator of a commercial vehicle it's very important to always keep your LCV in a roadworthy condition. 

All LCV owners or operators must ensure their vehicles are roadworthy.  They must: 

Aside from the road safety benefits and it being your legal obligation, well maintained vehicles reduce the likelihood of your vehicle encountering delays from unscheduled downtime, unsafe vehicles being impounded and additional delays at roadside inspections. 

You can find out more on the CVRT vehicle maintenance and repairs website. 


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CVRT

Find out how CVRT plays its part in keeping you and other road users safe, and how and where to book a CVRT. 

 


Know the towing capacity of your vehicle  

It’s very important not to exceed the towing capacity of your towing vehicle. You can find out more information on the towing capacity of your vehicle from our trailers pages, including the maximum weights and dimensions for vehicles and trailers on Irish roads and how to calculate the towing capacity of your vehicle. 


Check the vehicle history

If you are buying an LCV privately, it’s a good idea to get a vehicle history check beforehand to ensure that the vehicle has not been seriously damaged in a previous collision. 

There are a number of companies who will check the history of an LCV for you. All of them charge a fee, but the peace of mind you get will make it well worthwhile. 

A pre-purchase inspection of a used LCV by a qualified mechanic will give you a good sense of the vehicle’s overall condition and some idea of any work needed in future. 

EuroNCAP rating

If you are thinking about buying an LCV, whether new or used, you should first check the safety rating of the model you are considering. 

A good source of information is the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). Euro NCAP provides a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular LCVs sold in Europe by rating their performance in crash testing. Consumers can then compare the safety performance of similarly sized vehicles. 

You can use the Euro NCAP safety performance lookup feature to compare results of the most popular cars sold in Europe.

Download and read our EuroNCAP information leaflet pdf | 2055 KB

Driving for work

 

Driving for work involves a risk not only for the driver, but also for fellow workers and members of the public, such as pedestrians and other road users. 

Our Driving For Work website offers advice on helping make driving for work safer for everyone. You can also find more information from CVRT on how the proper maintenance of your vehicle and regular walkaround checks makes driving for work safer. 

Walkaround checks

Our  Daily Walkaround Checks webpage highlights the importance and benefits of daily walkaround checks and your obligations as a LCV driver.


Frequently Asked Questions

No. They are tested at CVRT centres.

Yes, provided the vehicle details on new plate correspond with vehicle registration cert and both state the Desgin Gross Vehicle Weight is now 3,500. You may also need to present a modifications report at the next roadworthiness test. For modifications report refer to LCV Manual.

It applies to the design gross vehicle weight. It is illegal to drive in a weight restricted area if vehicle exceeds the weight limit.

For a list of vehicles which are permitted to have flashing lights see our FAQ on Flashing Lights on Vehicles.

You can also contract the Health and Safety Authority ( HSA) regarding the use of workplace vehicles.

For testing purposes, it states that the owner or presenter must provide a letter from the manufacturer on headed paper showing VIN No., axle permitted weights and DGVW. For testing methods and reasons for failure see Section 0.4 of LCV Manual here.

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

Under S.I. No. 348 of 2013 of the Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) (Vehicle Maintenance and Repair) Regulations 2013 it states that ‘the owner of a vehicle shall:

(a) Develop and put in place a system for the regular inspection and maintenance of the vehicle, and

(b) (b) periodically review, and make such changes as are required to ensure the effectiveness of the system referred to in sub-paragraph(a)’.

For further information on vehicle checks see our CVRT website.

Anything that projects out further than the outermost part of the front of the vehicle could be interpreted as an inessential projection which is illegal and comes under S.I. No. 5 of 2003 of Road Traffic Construction and Use of Vehicles Regulations 2003. You may also view our FAQ on Loading and Load Security.

For information on motor tax contact your local motor tax office.

For insurance queries contact your insurance provider.

You may also view our FAQ on Modifying or Converting a Vehicle.

From a road safety point of view, it is legal providing the legal requirements outlined below in relation to glass safety, modifications and roadworthiness are met. However you should contact Revenue before any modification is carried out on the vehicle as they may not accept it.

A vehicle owner’s Declaration of Conversion and RF111 forms may be required by your local motor tax office.

Any modification to a vehicle that may affect the safety of the vehicle must be carried out to an appropriate standard and will require a letter from a manufacturer or suitably qualified individual (SQI). You will also need to present a modifications report at its next roadworthiness test. See modifications report template in LCV Manual.

The glass must meet the requirements as set out in Road Traffic Construction, Equipment and Use of vehicles Regulations 1963 as amended i.e., they must be made from a material suitable for automotive applications which is not likely if fractured to produce fragments capable of causing severe cuts. Proof that the glazing material fitted to a vehicle is of an acceptable standard is checked during its roadworthiness test and glazing materials used must be type approved and bear an ‘E’ or ‘e’ mark.  Download the Index of Amendments CE and U Regulations for further information.

Article 96 of this regulation states that ‘every vehicle while used in a public place shall be such, and so maintained and used, that no danger is likely to be caused to any person’.

Yes. Manufacturer’s approval is required.

Contact your local motor tax office before conversion to ensure they will accept this re-classification.

A modifications report in LCV Manual will also need to be completed by a suitably qualified individual at an approved test centre and presented at its next roadworthiness test (CVRT).


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