The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) in Dublin has one ultimate goal, to keep the roads safe for pedestrians and vehicle users.
If you own a commercial vehicle, a bus with more than eight passenger seats or an ambulance over a year old, then you require an annual CVRT roadworthiness test.
Upon passing the test you will receive a Certificate of Road Worthiness (CRW), ensuring your vehicle meets a set of basic safety standards. However, this is not by any means a warranty of the condition of your commercial vehicle.
The CVRT is one preventative measure to stop accidents on our roads by making sure our vehicles are kept to the highest standards. Read on for Rathcoole Commercial’s guide to preparing for the CVRT Dublin.
A DIY check before the CVRT
Although the CVRT will perform a much more advanced check on your vehicle there are a few basic steps you can take beforehand.
By taking these basic steps you could prevent your vehicle from failing the test over something you could have spotted.
The Fluid Levels
Every vehicle owner should know how to keep an eye on the engine and coolant levels. Oil levels should be checked when the engine is still warm but switched off. The required levels will be listed in your vehicle’s user manual.
All coolant levels must be inspected when the engine is cold. If your engine and coolant levels are too low while being tested a smoke test will be required. This is in order to measure Co2 emissions to test the efficiency of the vehicle.
The lower the fluid levels, the higher the risk of engine damage if the smoke test goes ahead. For this reason the tester may refuse to do the smoke test, resulting in an automatic fail to the overall cvrt.
It’s your responsibility as a vehicle owner to check your tyres on a regular basis. In Europe the legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm. Uneven wear is a common occurrence for vehicles carrying heavy loads. To combat this, a useful tip is to switch your front and rear tyres regularly to promote even wear.
Don’t forget about the tyre sidewalls for cracks and bulges, a main cause of tyre blowouts. If you witness any damage to your tyres you should book an appointment with your local garage for inspection.
Beware underinflated or overinflated tyres. By checking the air pressure you can determine if your vehicle is fit for the road. Both underinflated and overinflated tyres make it harder to control your vehicle while driving and increases the risk of an accident.
A simple task, by checking the lights are all in working condition you can tick this one off the list.
Any broken bulbs you could change before the test. This should also be inclusive to broken mirrors.
Suspension & Brakes
You will be unable to do a thorough and specialised test of the suspension and brakes, yet what you do discover will be able to tip you off to getting your vehicle inspected before the CVRT in Dublin.
Any changes in the feeling of suspension or braking and you should report this to your local garage. Don’t run the risk before it’s too late.
As well as the above it cannot be emphasised enough the importance of regular servicing and maintenance. If you don’t spot something that’s what the CVRT is there for.
Finding A CVRT Test Centre In Dublin
If you have done your DIY check and feel like your vehicle is ready for the CVRT in Dublin, the last option is to pick up the phone and book.
Rathcoole Commercial is Ireland’s largest CVRT test centre. We are open from Monday to Friday, 7am-11pm and are based on Grants Lane, Rathcoole, Dublin.
So what are you waiting for? Call us today on 01 9695217 for all your vehicle maintenance requirements.