A Quick Guide Before You Go To A CVRT Test Centre


The CVRT (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test) is the newest version of the previously named DOE test. An official CVRT test centre is the only place you can get your vehicle tested and certified.


The test itself consists of several checks designed to test the basic condition and roadworthiness of your vehicle. All commercial vehicles must be tested when they reach one year old and annually from then on. It applies to all commercial vehicles, buses with more than eight passenger seats, and ambulances.


Why is a CVRT important?


The main reason of the test is to ensure Ireland’s roads are as safe as possible. Without a valid Certificate of Roadworthiness pass certificate, you cannot tax your vehicle and your insurance becomes invalid. There are also hefty fines for non-compliance to help ensure all commercial vehicle operators remain within the regulations. The fine can be up to €3000 and can be accompanied by three months in prison and 5 penalty points.


The CVRT is also beneficial from a business perspective. Well maintained vehicles that undergo yearly checks are going to be more reliable and less likely to spring any unexpected repair bills on you.


Everything is in place to make it far more expensive and inconvenient to be caught without a valid Certificate of Roadworthiness.


What can you check before going to a CVRT test centre?


While CVRT test centres Dublin will perform more advanced tests than you can, many failures are because of basic items. Spending some time checking these items before visiting your preferred CVRT test centre can save you the time and expense of needing a retest.


  • Tyres – All treads should be above the legal limit and evenly worn. Due to the extreme demands placed on a tyre when carrying a full load, it’s a good idea to check the wear patterns regularly. If your tyres start to wear unevenly, you can ask your garage to rotate the positions of the tyres to try to balance out the wear.
  • Fluids – Every commercial vehicle driver should already know how to keep an eye on the engine oil and coolant levels. Remember that all coolant checks should be performed on a cold engine, while checking the oil level should be carried out when the engine is warm.
  • Suspension and brakes – Most companies cannot sufficiently test these items. However, make sure your driver knows to report any changes in the feeling of the brakes or suspension. This will allow you to get them checked early before any further damage occurs, and ensure they are in a roadworthy condition before you take your vehicle to a CVRT test centre.
  • Electrics – It’s a quick and easy for two people to check for blown bulbs and fuses, but it can save you a headache at the CVRT test centre. If you discover a light that isn’t working you can easily fix the problem yourself, or ask the CVRT test centre to take care of the issue before performing the test.


All of the items on this list are things a commercial vehicle driver should already be familiar with.


What happens if a vehicle fails?


When a vehicle fails a test the action taken varies. You are normally issued with a test report that advises you of the reasons for the failure. The owner has 21 days to get the repairs carried out and re-present it at the same test centre for a retest. If a failure would have been due to minor issues, you may be issued a ‘Pass pending recheck of minor deficiencies’. This means you must bring the vehicle back to the original CVRT test centre so they can confirm the minor defects have been fixed before issuing your Certificate of Roadworthiness.


Where a failure is due to major and immediate issues the CVRT test centre will place a ‘Fail Dangerous’ sticker on the vehicle so it’s obvious to everyone the vehicle has been found to be dangerously defective. If an RSA (Road Safety Officer) is present, they can demand a vehicle undergoes the relevant repairs and is tested again before being driven away. An authorized officer also has the legal power to detain, immobilise, remove, and dispose of a dangerous vehicle if it’s likely it will be used on a public road.


On some rare occasions, a CVRT test centre may refuse to carry out a test. This is usually because they have deemed that performing a test on the vehicle is unsafe, or because the vehicle has been presented in a way that means they cannot carry out all of the tests.


Take the hassle out of your CVRT


We are a dealer alternative garage that can handle all your repairs, routine maintenance, and CVRT tests. Rathcoole Commercial is a one-stop shop for all your vehicle maintenance needs. We are accredited with The Society of Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), which gives you extra peace of mind knowing you can trust us to work to the highest standards.


As well as following the manufacturer’s guidelines, we have our own very strict quality control procedures in place, which together with our expert technical and mechanical knowledge makes us the best team for your CVRT, service, and repair needs.


Our test centre, which is the largest in Dublin, is open from 7 to 7 Monday to Friday, and from 9 till 1 on Saturdays, We want to be as flexible as possible to reduce the hassle of taking a CVRT.


Our location in Grants Lane, Rathcoole, Dublin, is easy to get to if you want to pop in, have a look, and discuss your commercial vehicle maintenance needs. Alternatively, you can call us on 01 969 5217 to get answers to any questions, or to book your vehicles in. You can also email us at info@rathcoolecommercial.ie, and we will reply as soon as we can. Don’t let your vehicles fall behind with their service schedules, get in touch with us today and let’s make sure that when one of them is stopped for a roadside check, they are fully compliant.