What is a CVRT test? The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) is a road worthiness test for all commercial vehicles over one year old, and that are tested annually after that. This test checks if the vehicle satisfies basic safety requirement standards. The CVRT test centre will test what is visible and accessible on the day.
1. Premises meets the guidelines
The premises design and build of a CVRT test centre needs to comply with all the guidelines of the Vehicle Testing Regulations. (read more).
There also needs to be separate lanes for Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) and Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), where the design of accessing the test centre lane needs to allow HCV trucks to drive into the test lane at one end and drive out the opposite lane, once the test is complete. There needs to be a well designed parking space and driveway with ease of accommodating any vehicles awaiting tests and to create a free flow of moving vehicles.
2. Test Facilities meets the guidelines
The CVRT test centre needs to meet the relevant Acts, Regulations, Bye-laws, Health, Safety and Welfare requirements, Health and Safety at Work Requirements. (read more).
The lighting system needs to enable clear inspection of the vehicles. The testing operations need to include external inspection of vehicle, internal inspection, underside of vehicle inspection, lighting and headlamp aim inspection and brake testing inspection. Along with the customer waiting room needs to be separated from the office and test lane.
3. The Right Inspection Equipment for the Vehicle
- A summary list of test equipment for HCV vehicles by Road Safety Authority are the following:
- Low voltage inspection lamps
- 15 tonnes jacking system with appropriate extensions and saddles
- Headlamp aim tester with electronic output
- Heavy Commercial Vehicle Rollar Brake Tester (RBT)
- Axle load simulator
- Air brake pressure gauges and Suzie connection
- Wheel play detectors
- Emissions gas analyser
- Diesel smoke opacity meter
- Steering side slip plate
- Fifth wheel measuring pin
- Speed limiter tester
- Tool for measuring trailer kingpin wear
- Tyre tread depth gauges
- Tyre inflation equipment
- Test plug for ABS/EBS and tool to check ISO 7638 connector
- Air gauge for passing LSV
- 20 inch pliers
- Tool for pressing brake
- Pit lights
- Smoke extraction
- Glass opacity meter
- Diesel data book/ charts/ discs
- Pinch bar (1 meter long)
- Wheel Chocks
- Mirror check tool
A summary list of test equipment specifically for LCV vehicles by Road Safety Authority are the following:
- 8 tonne jacking beam
- Headlamp aim tester mounted on rails
- LCV roller brake tester
- Suspension tester
- Wheel play detector
- Tyre tread depth gauge
- Tyre inflation equipment
You need a CVRT test centre that will do a general inspection of the interior and exterior of the vehicle and ensuring it meets all the requirements. The right equipment is crucial step for a good CVRT test centre to do a proper check on your vehicle.
4. Experienced & Helpful Staff
In addition to having good equipment, a CVRT test centre must also have an excellent team of staff to use the equipment and properly test your vehicle. (read more).
In addition to having highly qualified mechanics who can be consulted with directly, Rathcoole has very friendly and helpful receptionists who can ensure you get a booking process runs smoothly and efficiently throughout the whole process of getting your vehicle tested.
5. Value for Money
Value for money is an essential ingredient for having a good experience when testing your vehicle. At Rathcoole Commercial we can give you excellent value for money when doing a CVRT vehicle test. We can do this as we are experts in our field, with all the right inspection equipment and can ensure the highest quality of testing, with a super team of friendly staff.
You can contact us today to book an appointment to get your vehicle checked at our CVRT test centre in Dublin.