Commercial vehicle testing applies to all commercial vehicles that are over one year old, including ambulances, and buses with more than eight passenger seats. If you fail to meet the requirements or get your vehicle tested, you can face fines and potentially even legal action. Commercial vehicle testing is treated very seriously by the authorities because it’s seen as one of the main preventative measures that helps make our roads safer.
While many operators see commercial vehicle testing as an inconvenience, it’s a crucial inconvenience that saves lives. While most business owners are just trying to pay their way and keep their heads above water, we’re sure most would agree that safer roads are a positive thing. However, commercial vehicle testing can represent a significant cost for some businesses, especially those running a fleet of vehicles. They also must contend with the lost time and earnings every time a vehicle isn’t being used for business activities.
Thankfully there are steps you can take to minimise the impact commercial vehicle testing has on your business. You can reduce the cost and downtime you must deal with.
Smoother commercial vehicle testing
There are three main categories of commercial vehicle test. When you bring your vehicle in for a CVRT it will be categorised as either a Truck, Bus, or Van/Jeep. In recent years only the third one of these categories has had a first-time pass rate higher than 50 percent, so don’t panic if your vehicle doesn’t pass first time, it’s more common than you think and usually only requires a quick fix. In fact, some of the main reasons for failure include failing the headlight aim test and failing the roller brake test. Both are easily fixed by a skilled technician. However, in recent years increased awareness has seen the pass rate starting to rise. Another piece of good news is that we don’t charge for purely visual retests, although if specialist equipment is needed then we’ll normally charge around half the price of the original test.
These statistics about first time fails are part of the reason we’ve created the processes we have, including the pre-test check. Our aim is to minimise the amount of time your vehicle isn’t at work. Our pre-test check will ensure your vehicle passes first time. Even if you don’t opt for the pre-test check, we can perform a commercial vehicle test and re-test on the same day. If any problems are highlighted on a pre-test check, we can perform the repair for you to reduce the potential downtime.
Let us know in advance about any potential problems
Another way to make the process go quicker is to make us aware of any potential problems the driver has reported. A professional driver will check several things on the vehicle and should already have a good idea about some potential problems. Letting our engineers know in advance about anything they may have to address can help reduce the potential down time.
Both the driver and operator have responsibilities under commercial vehicle testing rules. Here are some of the more obvious things you may notice while performing your required checks.
Electrics and lights
A driver will normally know if one of the lights on a vehicle is damaged or not working properly. More often than not it’s just a case of changing a bulb or a fuse, and most operators will do this themselves. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your headlights, including main beam, indicators, brake lights, sidelights, reversing lights, fog lights, and the small bulbs that sit above your number plates.
Any other electrical faults are usually obvious to a driver as he goes about his daily business. Reporting these to us allows us to get on top of any potential problems before the commercial vehicle test is performed.
Check your rubber
Tyres are something that should be checked regularly by the operator or driver. It can be particularly useful if your tyres are wearing unevenly, as our technicians can rotate them for you to maximise the life of all the tyres. The things we look for when checking tyres are cracks, bulges, and any impact damage. All treads should be at least 1.6mm deep and the tyres should be wearing evenly. As part of the test we will also remove all your hubcaps and inspect your wheel nuts.
Fluid levels must be sufficient
Engine fluid levels are another minor problem that can be easily addressed. However, if any of them are below the required level it would usually lead to a fail on the test, as all levels need to be correct in order to perform an emissions test. The oil level in your engine is best checked when the engine is warm, but all other fluids should be checked when the engine is cold. The main two levels you need to keep an eye on are your coolant and oil.
Suspension and brakes
Again, most experienced drivers will notice if the brakes or suspension on a vehicle aren’t acting as they should be. If problems are left to progress on your suspension or brakes the amount of damage caused will usually be compounded. The cheapest option is to address the problem straight away, before any further damage is caused.
Why choose Rathcoole Commercial?
When you choose Rathcoole Commercial you aren’t just picking the best place for your DOE test in Dublin, you are choosing Ireland’s largest CVRT test centre. We maintain exceptionally high standards and always put the customer first. As a trusted and respected dealer alternative garage we ensure all your warranties are unaffected, while at the same time providing more convenience at a lower cost.
We are open from 7am until 7pm to make it easier for you to bring your vehicle in without disrupting your working day. Our experienced team is friendly and approachable, and they are always happy to talk to you about your vehicle or discuss any concerns you have.
Whether you need a service, a CVRT test, or just some advice, give us a call today on 01-9695217, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.