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Definition, type-approval, registration, roadworthiness testing. 

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Frequently asked questions

It is defined in EU Regulation 2018/858 as ‘a vehicle of category M intended for the transport of deceased persons and having special equipment for such purpose’. Hearses are considered to be special purpose vehicles (SPVs) i.e., vehicles which have been adapted in order to perform a particular function requiring special arrangements or equipment.

Yes. Since 29 April 2012 all NEW special purpose M1 vehicles must have proof of type-approval before Revenue will register them for use on Irish roads.

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Drivers of other vehicles

Vehicle standards and FAQs for special purpose vehicles, including motorhomes, ride-on lawnmowers, motorised wheelchairs, hearses.