There are some vehicles on our roads that need to pass the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) every year. This includes all commercial vehicles, buses with more than eight passenger seats and ambulances. They have to satisfy basic safety standards of what is visible and accessible on the day, but should not be used as a guarantee of the condition of the vehicle.
Testing of these vehicles is just one of the measures in place to try and make our roads a safer place to be, but it is also essential any motor vehicle is regularly serviced and maintained. A daily check of the condition should be made and if a major truck repair is needed, the vehicle should not be allowed on the roads until it has been carried out.
The Preparations Needed For A CVRT
There are a number of things you can do to prepare for the CVRT, such as:
- Make sure the seats and cargo area are free of any personal belongings, including things like tool kits.
- The engine is in a fit state to be tested
- The vehicle is reasonably clean
- Oil and water, including in the windscreen washer, are topped up. If your engine is low on oil or coolant it can affect the CO2 emissions, which could mean your vehicle will fail.
- Seat belts and buckles should all be in working order and visible. On passenger buses this applies to every seat.
- Your registration plates should be clean and compliant with current legislation. Make sure all your lights are working, including your number plate lights.
- Make sure the temperature gauge is displaying a normal operating temperature
- Remove hubcaps and make sure tyres are at the correct pressure. Your tyres will be checked for the depth of tread and to see if they are wearing evenly.
- If you need a truck repair make sure it is done before the test. If something, such as your brakes, does not feel quite right before the test, there is a good chance something is wrong and it will fail.
Finally, whoever takes the vehicle for its test should have identification with them. Their driving licence or passport is ideal. Failure to do this means the pass certificate will not be issued even if the vehicle has sailed through the test. The Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) is valid for 12 months, but is only issued if the test has taken place on time. There is more information and tips on the test and procedures on the website of the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
If your vehicle fails its CVRT you have just 21 days or 4,000 kms to get the repairs completed and the vehicle retested.
If this all sounds like a lot of hassle, then read about our pre-test service below to find out more about how we can help give you extra peace of mind.
Becoming A CVR Tester
Not just anyone can carry out your CVRT, they have to be an accredited tester. There are qualifications needed, plus their employer has to be able to confirm they have had at least 12 months experience in repairing and maintaining trucks, buses or ambulances. You cannot just apply for the certification, you have to be nominated by an existing CVR Test operator. Lastly the RSA has to be satisfied you are a fit and proper person to do the testing. All authorised CVR testers are monitored and supervised by the RSA.
At Rathcoole Commercial we are the largest CVRT test centre in Ireland. We specialise in servicing, maintaining and testing commercial vehicles. We deal with customers who own a single truck or van right through to customers who operate entire fleets. If you need a truck repair on any type of commercial vehicles, we can help.
There are a huge number of things your commercial vehicle could fail its test on, which is why so many owners like us to check their vehicles before the actual test takes place. If we find a truck repair is needed, or tyres need replacing this can then be done before the test, saving the cost and time involved with a retest. Most of the time we find a few minor things like a bulb that needs replacing, but the added peace of mind knowing your vehicle is up to scratch before your CVRT is worth every penny.
We know every time your vehicle is off the road it’s costing you money. Let us minimise the risk of lengthening the time lost and pre-test you commercial vehicle.
Using A Dealer Alternative Garage For Your Truck Repair
Dealers cannot insist you use their services if you need a truck repair or any scheduled maintenance on your vehicle. Using a dealer alternative garage can save you money. The same parts will be used so as not to void your warranty, but without the huge overheads dealers have to bear, a dealer alternative garage will be able to complete your truck repair at a much better rate.
There is also the ease of use to consider. If you own a fleet of vehicles comprised of many different makes, it’s much easier to be able to take them all to the same garage for their servicing, maintenance and CVRTs.
If like the many existing clients who always come back to us, this sounds appealing to you, next time you need a truck repair give us a call at Rathcoole Commercial. We have decades of experience in looking after all types of commercial vehicles and you can rest assured you and your vehicle will receive a service of the highest quality.
If you have any queries we can help with, or to book your vehicle in with, you can call us on 01 969 5217 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can complete our contact form and a member of staff will get in touch with you, or you can complete one of the booking forms on our website.