Commercial Vehicle CVRT Test Information for Beginners

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Whether you’re running a new or existing business, all the rules and regulations can be daunting, especially at a time when you want to concentrate on your growing business. It’s important to make good partnerships to ensure the smooth operation of your business, whether it’s with a decent bookkeeper or a good garage that can deal with all your truck and van repairs and tests, starting professional relationships with the right people can make your life considerably easier.

If you’re just starting to operate commercial vehicles you need to know about all the rules and regulations that do not apply to cars. Failing to adhere to these could create unwanted and unnecessary expense and lead to your vehicle being impounded.

Does My Vehicle Need a CVRT Test?

If you’re using a commercial vehicle, an ambulance, or a bus with more than eight passenger seats on Irish roads, then you must have a CVRT test once they reach 12 months old, and at regular intervals thereafter.

Why do we Have the CVRT Test?

Having a CVRT test doesn’t provide any sort of warranty or guarantee, it simply confirms the vehicles roadworthiness on the day of the test. Ensuring the safety of other road users is the primary aim of the CVRT test, which I’m sure everyone would agree, is a worthy cause.

Even the most minor problems can develop into more substantial problems when left unaddressed. Therefore, no commercial vehicle that fails the CVRT test is allowed on our roads. All required repairs must be carried out before the vehicle can be put back to work.

The whole idea behind the CVRT test is for it to act as a preventative measure that ensures commercial vehicles are regularly serviced and maintained to a minimum standard. If you operate a commercial vehicle you have a legal obligation to carry out these tests and perform regular walk arounds to spot any obvious problems.

When Should I get a CVRT Test?

All new vehicles are required by law to have a CVRT test when they reach one year old, and then every year after that. The paperwork you receive when purchasing a used vehicle should include a CRW (Certificate of Roadworthiness), which will have the due date printed on it. If you’re looking at a used vehicle that is more than a year old and it doesn’t have a CRW, be very wary of purchasing the vehicle.

Failure to get a new CRW by the due date can lead to penalties. If you’re unlucky enough to be stopped for a roadside check your vehicle can be taken off the road by inspectors. This can negatively impact your businesses ability to deliver on its promises, so it’s crucial to stay one step ahead of the test dates.

What Should I Bring for a CVRT Test?

The driver that brings the vehicle for its test must bring relevant photo identification with them. They should present their photo ID, either a passport or driving licence, and any relevant paperwork for the vehicle.

Do Different Vehicles Require Different CVRT Tests?

The type of test your vehicle needs will depend on whether it is classed as a light or heavy commercial vehicle. LCV tests are needed for small goods vehicles with a weight no greater than 3500kg. Any vehicle with a greater weight is subject to the HCV CVRT test, which normally includes buses and ambulances.

What’s Checked on a CVRT Test?

It is the duty of the test centre to inspect everything that is visible or accessible. These include:

  • Steering and suspension
  • Lights and markings, such as number plates
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Chassis and underbody
  • Windscreen, other glass and mirrors
  • Electrics
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Tachograph and speed limiter
  • Brakes

A tester may also decide to look more closely at anything obvious they deem could be dangerous or prevent the vehicle from being roadworthy.

Should you Prepare for the Test?

There are several small things you can do to make the test run more smoothly. Ensuring the vehicle is clean and free of personal belongings will help. You can check many of the basic fluid levels yourself, such as oil and washer fluid. Ensure the vehicle is working as expected before the test. All seatbelts should be in good working order and all your tyres should have the correct air pressure levels.

Can you Help me Prepare?

We do offer a pre-test inspection service that can provide you with an overview of whether your vehicle will pass or provide prior warning of any potential problems. This service means any problems can be addressed and your vehicle will pass its CVRT test first time.

Booking a CVRT Test

How easy booking your CVRT test partly depends on the garage you use. At Rathcoole Commercial you can book your CVRT test online or by phone. We have designed our services and systems around making everything as easy as possible for our customers. As a dealer alternative garage, we can carry out any required repairs to the highest standard, maintaining any warranty, and for a lower cost than a main dealer.

How Much can you be Fined for not Having a CRW?

The penalties are set at a level designed to be more expensive than having a test. This ensures not maintaining your vehicle to the required standard and getting it tested when due becomes more expensive than operating within the regulations. Failure to produce a certificate at a nominated Garda station within ten days carries a 3000 euro fine. If this fine is dished out it comes with five points on your licence, and there is also for the potential for prosecution and three months in jail. The penalties and punishments are enforced rigorously.

Still Have Questions?

As Ireland’s largest CVRT test centre we are experts on everything to do with keeping your commercial vehicles on the road. We’re always happy to hear from you and offer any help or advice if needed. Simply call one of our experts on 01 969 5217, or e-mail us at You’ll also receive a warm welcome if you’d prefer to pop into our workshop on Grants Lane in Rathcoole.

Rathcoole Commercial specialise in ensuring you stay compliant and don’t fall foul of any penalties or punishments.