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All Motor taxation business is dealt with through your local Motor Taxation office or by using the Department of Transport, Trade and Sport motor tax website – www.motortax.ie
Developments in 2018
1. Changes to the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test System 20 May 2018 Driven by: EU Directive 2014–45
Pass with Minor Deficiencies
From 20 May 2018, when you present a vehicle for a commercial vehicle test and we identify that it has only minor deficiencies (defects), i.e. we identified no major or dangerous deficiencies, the test result in this case will be ‘Pass pending recheck of minor deficiencies’. We will not send out the certificate of roadworthiness (CRW) until all minor deficiencies are confirmed as rectified by the CVR testing centre where the vehicle was tested.
What will happen?
You’ll receive a test report for your vehicle with a result of ‘Pass pending recheck of minor deficiencies’. This report will clearly list the minor deficiencies identified on your vehicle.
- We won’t send you the CRW – we’ll put it on hold. Please note that you won’t be able to tax your commercial vehicle unless it has a current CRW.
- You must get the minor deficiencies rectified.
- You must return with your vehicle to the test centre where the original CVR test was carried out. We will recheck your vehicle to confirm that the minor deficiencies have been rectified.
- There is no fee for completing this recheck.
- Once the CVR tester confirms that the minor deficiencies have been rectified, we will give you a pass statement and we will automatically send the CRW to the current registered owner of the vehicle.
2. Recognition of Certificates of Roadworthiness from other Member States
From 20 May 2018, if you’re the registered owner of an imported used commercial vehicle from another EU member state and the vehicle has a current valid roadworthiness certificate issued by another member state at the time the vehicle is registered in Ireland, you can apply to have the unexpired portion of the CRW recognised in Ireland. If the CRW issued by another member state is in order, we’ll send you a recognition certificate for your vehicle. This will include a disc that you must display on your vehicle as evidence that your vehicle’s CRW has been recognised in Ireland.
This is provided that the out-of-state CRW is valid under Irish roadworthiness testing rules.
How to obtain an Irish-issued EU recognition certificate?
- Complete a roadworthiness certificate recognition exchange application form. These forms are available to download from the RSA online at www.cvrt.ie or directly from the RSA offices.
- Return the completed application form with the original or a certified true copy of the out-of-state roadworthiness certificate to the following postal address: Roadworthiness Certificate Recognition, CVRT Admin Section, Road Safety Authority, Clonfert House, Bride Street, Loughrea, Co Galway.
We’ll send the Irish-issued recognition certificate by post to the current registered owner of the vehicle. When you receive your certificate, you should note the expiry date as this is now your vehicle test due date and you will be required to present your vehicle for its first roadworthiness test in Ireland on or before this date.
3. Imported Vehicles
Changes being introduced for imported commercial vehicles relate to test due dates and CRW expiry dates.
From 20 May 2018, if a used commercial vehicle is imported, which is more than one year old, the test due date will now be aligned to the date of first registration in Ireland and the CRW expiry date will be calculated based on the date of first registration rather than on the date the vehicle passed the CVR test.
Where a used commercial vehicle is imported that is less than one year old, then the test due date will be aligned to the date of first registration in the country of origin.
4. Vintage Vehicles
Changes being introduced relate to test frequency, CRW validity periods and the introduction of an exemption from compulsory CVR testing.
If you have a vintage vehicle that is normally tested within the commercial vehicle test regime, you may be able to apply for an exemption from the requirement to undergo an annual roadworthiness test.
From 20 May 2018:
- Vintage vehicles first registered before 1 January 1980 which are being used solely for non-commercial purposes do not need roadworthiness testing.
- Vehicles registered after 1 January 1980 but over 30 years of age which are being used solely for non-commercial purposes must undergo compulsory roadworthiness testing every two years instead of annually.
From January 2020:
- Any vehicle over 40 years old will not be required to undergo a roadworthiness test provided it’s not being used for commercial purposes.
How to apply for an exemption?
If your vehicle is over 30 years of age and registered after 1 January 1980, you must sign a declaration of its non-commercial use at your CVR testing centre when you are having your vehicle tested. Once you sign this declaration and your vehicle has passed its test, we will send you a CRW which is valid for two years from the date of test.
Note: This exemption only applies to vehicles which are being used for non-commercial use. All vehicles being used on a public road for whatever purposes must be roadworthy.
5. Converted Vehicles
Changes being introduced for converted commercial vehicles relate to test due dates and CRW expiry dates.
From 20 May 2018, if you have a converted vehicle, for example from a M1 passenger vehicle to a N1 goods vehicle, its test due date will now be aligned to the ‘date of conversion’ as recorded by the Motor Tax Office.
The CRW expiry period will be calculated based on that date rather than on the date the vehicle passed the CVR test.