Any commercial vehicle, ambulance, or bus with more than eight passenger seats, has to undergo an annual Commercial Vehicle Road Worthiness Test (CVRT). The test confirms that the vehicle conforms to basic safety standards on the day it takes place, and is not a warranty or guarantee of any sort.
The CVRT is one of the measures to make sure these vehicles are safe to be on the roads of Ireland. It helps to make sure they are maintained to a good standard throughout the vehicles life. Commercial vehicle operators have a legal duty to make sure their vehicles are regularly maintained, and every driver should carry out a daily walk round check before starting the engine.
All vehicles weighing less than 3500kg undergo a test for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV). If they exceed this weight limit they have to pass the test for Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV).
What Does The CVRT Cover?
The CVRT covers a range of things, some of which are visible and others that aren’t. For instance, you can tell by looking if your lights are working as they should be, whether your number plates are clear, if you have good tyres, and whether all the glass and mirrors are up to standard. When it comes to things like brakes, exhaust emissions, steering and suspension, under body and chassis, tachograph, and the speed limiter and electrical systems, there could be a fault you’re not even aware of.
If you don’t want your vehicle to fail it’s worth having a CVRT check before the due date.
Preparing for a CVRT Check
Regardless of whether you are preparing for a CVRT, or a CVRT check, the basic things you should do are the same.
- Make sure the vehicle has been emptied of any personal belongings, particularly the cargo area.
- Ensure the vehicle is reasonably clean, including your number plates.
- Check some of the obvious things, like oil and water, and don’t forget to make sure the windscreen washer fluid has been topped up as well.
- Remove the wheel hubcaps and make sure the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
- Things like timing belts and chains should have been replaced in line with the makers recommendations, and you could be asked to sign a disclaimer about this point.
- All seat belts must be working and their buckles visible. If it’s a bus being tested, the belt and buckle should be in working order for every passenger seat.
- Your vehicles temperature gauge should be showing normal when you arrive for the test.
- For the actual test, and not the CVRT check, the person that brings the vehicle to the test centre must have ID with them, such as their driving licence or passport. On the actual test, the pass certificate will not be issued without this.
If you treat your CVRT check as though the vehicle was going for its test, then any problems can be sorted before hand.
What Happens If Your Vehicle Fails Its CVRT?
If your vehicle fails its CVRT you have 21 days for a retest, and then it becomes illegal to have the vehicle on the road. If the failure was because of something visual, there will be no fee for the retest, but if it has to go back in the test lane, you will be charged half the original fee. A retest should always be carried out by the original test centre.
Anything your vehicle fails on should be repaired immediately, so that you do not get caught out by a roadside check, and to make sure your vehicle is safe. If an inspector at a roadside check is not happy with the condition of your vehicle they can order a full or partial CVRT, but this does not mean you do not need to comply with your annual test when it’s due.
It’s law in Ireland that every vehicle should be in a safe condition while on the roads, and if anyone has any concerns over the state of a vehicle they can report it, in confidence, to the Road Safety Authority.
Vehicles That Are A Danger On The Road
Sometimes the condition of a vehicle can be so bad it has a sticker put on it by the test centre, which says ‘Fail Dangerous’. It’s illegal to drive any vehicle on the roads that could be a danger to the public, and one with this sticker should be repaired before leaving the test centre. In fact, if an officer of the RSA happens to be at the test centre at the time of failing a dangerous vehicle, they are authorised to immobilise the vehicle, and remove and dispose of the vehicle if the repairs are not going to be carried out.
This can all be avoided if the owner has arranged a CVRT check before the due date of the actual test.
Booking Your CVRT Check With The Largest Test Centre In Dublin
At Rathcoole Commercial we understand how important it is to get your commercial vehicles back on the road. All the time they are sitting idle is costing you money. We will ensure your vehicles are dealt with as quickly as possible, and a CVRT check can help towards this. With any problems sorted out before the actual test, you vehicle should pass first time.
Then you will have no worries about being stopped at the roadside to be checked or having a ‘Fail Dangerous’ sticker put on a vehicles window.
As the largest CVRT centre in Dublin, our whole team are experienced in the job they do and you can be certain you will receive the highest quality service. We know how to look after commercial vehicles, so whether you want to arrange a regular maintenance plan, a CVRT check, or a CVRT, just get in touch with us on 01 969 5217, or pop in and see us in Grants Lane, Rathcoole.