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In Ireland, particularly in Dublin, ensuring the roadworthiness of commercial trucks and vans is a critical aspect of maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system. The Department of Transport’s Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT), commonly referred to as the DOE test, plays an important role in assessing the condition of these vehicles. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of the DOE or CVRT test, outlining the step-by-step process, and highlight how Rathcoole Commercial assists in preparing for the test in advance.

Step 1: Preparing for the Test

Before undergoing the DOE or CVRT test in Dublin, commercial vehicle owners and operators must ensure that their trucks or vans are in good condition. This includes addressing any known issues and ensuring that all necessary documentation, such as vehicle registration and insurance, is up to date.

Step 2: Vehicle Registration and Documentation Check

Upon arrival at Rathcoole Commercial CVRT Test Centre, please check in at reception where we will check your vehicle’s registration and documentation. The vehicle is then collected by the Tester and taken onto the test lane. You can relax in our customer wating area, this also has a screen where you can look into the test lane and see your vehicle being inspected.

Step 3: External Visual Inspection

The first step of the CVRT test is an external visual inspection of the commercial vehicle, this includes checking for any obvious signs of damage, corrosion, or wear on key components such as lights, mirrors, tires, and the chassis.

Step 4: Brake System Check

One of the main aspects of the DOE or CVRT test in Dublin is the examination of the vehicle’s braking system. This involves checking the condition of brake pads, discs, drums, and other components to ensure they meet the required standards. The efficiency and balance of the braking system are also assessed.

Step 5: Suspension and Steering Inspection

The suspension and steering components of the commercial vehicle are thoroughly inspected to ensure they are in good condition. This includes checking for any signs of wear, damage, or misalignment that could impact the vehicle’s stability and handling.

Step 6: Lighting and Electrical Systems Test

The lighting and electrical systems are assessed to verify that all lights, indicators, brake lights, and other electrical components are functioning correctly, particularly important for the bustling roads of Dublin, especially during low-light conditions.

Step 7: Emissions Test

For diesel-powered vehicles in Dublin, an emissions test is conducted to assess the level of pollutants emitted by the vehicle. This step is crucial for promoting environmental sustainability and ensuring that commercial vehicles comply with emissions standards.

Step 8: Underbody Inspection

The underbody of the vehicle is inspected to identify any issues with the exhaust system, fuel system, and other components located beneath the vehicle. This step helps ensure that there are no leaks or structural problems that could compromise the safety and integrity of the vehicle.

Rathcoole Commercial’s Pre-Test Services:

In Dublin, Rathcoole Commercial offers a valuable service by completing pre-tests in advance of the actual DOE or CVRT test. This proactive approach allows commercial vehicle owners and operators to address potential issues beforehand, ensuring a smoother and more efficient testing process.


The DOE or CVRT test is a comprehensive examination designed to assess the roadworthiness of commercial trucks and vans. Rathcoole Commercial can help  ensuring your vehicles are well-maintained before undergoing the test and can conduct pre CVRT checks as required. Get in touch today on 01 401 6840 or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.