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Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT)

Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing leads to more reliable vehicles and safer roads.


Our ultimate goal is to keep Irish roads safe and Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) plays an important part in this.

Before you can legally drive your vehicle on Irish roads, it must pass its Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (CVR) test. This is a requirement of the following vehicles when they are one year old and annually after that:

  • commercial goods vehicles
  • commercial goods trailers
  • buses with more than eight passenger seats 
  • ambulances. 

Commercially used fast tractors are required to be tested when they reach four years old, i.e. from the fourth anniversary of first registration and thereafter, every 2 years.

Your Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (CVR) test can be carried out at any of our authorised test centres throughout Ireland.

Why your vehicle needs an annual CVR test

There are four main reasons why your vehicle needs an annual CVR test:


1. It provides you with your certificate of roadworthiness (CRW)

When you pass your CVR test, you will get your certificate of roadworthiness (CRW) which must be displayed on your vehicle. This is proof that your vehicle met a set of basic safety standards on the day it passed its test. 

2. It checks the basic condition of your vehicle

The annual CVR test makes sure that your vehicle has been fairly tested in accordance with  CVRT testing manuals. It tests what is accessible and visible on your vehicle.  The CRW is not and should not be regarded as a warranty as regards the condition of a vehicle.

3. It saves time  

Annual tests and well-maintained vehicles mean fewer breakdowns for you - and less time in the garage.

4. It’s the law

CVR legislation states that all commercial vehicles must be tested when they are over one year old and annually after that. So, having your vehicle tested means avoidance of penalty points and fines




All you need to know about booking your CVRT, your certificate of road worthiness, finding a CVRT centre and fees applicable