What you need to know about the CVRT

The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) is for all commercial vehicles, buses with more than eight passenger seats and ambulances. There are two types of commercial vehicle tests, one for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) and one for Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCVs).

It is compulsory for all new commercial vehicles to be tested on the anniversary date of first registration, while existing vehicle tests are due on the anniversary of their previous test and annually after that.

What do I need to bring?

All you need is your driving licence or passport as vehicle records are now stored by the RSA on a centralised database. In the case of busses, a seat belt certificate is also required.

Once your vehicle passes the CVRT, your test certificate and (detachable) disc will be posted to the registered owner of the vehicle.


What happens if I fail?

If a vehicle fails, and returns for testing within 21 days and has travelled fewer than 4,000 kilometres since it was tested, the vehicle does not have to repeat the full test. Rather, it is tested only on the failure points from the first test. A re-test costs roughly 50% of the full test depending on the vehicle type.


What are my obligations?

The owner of a commercial vehicle must establish and maintain (whether electronically or in writing) records in relation to the inspection, maintenance and repair of the vehicle.

Legal obligations include:

  1. Duty on owner & operator to put in place a system to inspect & maintain vehicles
  2. Train drivers & carry out walk-around inspections and record defects
  3. Maintain detailed records for walk-around checks, maintenance & repair
  4. Appoint a qualified person responsible for day to day roadworthiness management
  5. Complete annual declaration by vehicle owner of logs / checks above

Failure to comply can result in:

  1. Multiple premises visits by inspectors
  2. Garda on-road spot checks (vehicle details are now automatically passed to An Garda Síochána so they can focus on high risk operators)
  3. 5 penalty points on your licence
  4. Class A fine (€4,000 - €5,000)
  5. Imprisonment for up to 6 months

Stay compliant with Automotive Services

Automotive Services offers a complete vehicle maintenance programme to ensure your fleet remains compliant. In addition to standard vehicle service and maintenance we offer periodic roadworthiness tests to the same guidelines as the CVRT. On average our customers achieve an overall cost saving of 30% on their fleet maintenance costs.