We authorise and supervise all Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test centres, so you’ll need to apply to us if you want to become a test centre.
All new applicants for authorisation as a CVR test operator must undertake tests of both heavy and light commercial vehicles – the application must meet the minimum requirement of 1 Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) test lane and 1 Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) test lane i.e. You cannot open a LCV only or HCV only test centre. Confirmation that the applicant has obtained any necessary planning permission consents required to operate the CVR testing centre must also be provided.
Applicants must meet all of the statutory requirements as specified in Section 11(1) – (a) to (f) of the Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) Act 2012. These requirements are as follows:
The investment required to open a new test centre and ensuring compliance with the requirements is significant and any proposals should be carefully assessed from a financial and risk perspective. Any applicant is advised to fully research the costs involved and the anticipated returns on this investment.
Fill out our application form for new test centres (PDF). Send the completed form to:
CVR Authorisation SectionCommercial Vehicle TestingRoad Safety AuthorityClonfert HouseBride StreetLoughreaCo Galway
A minimum fee of €8,500 is chargeable to applicants for new CVR Test Operators authorisations. If the application is for more than 2 test lanes there is an additional fee of €6,000 for each additional test lane.
The RSA will conduct inspections of CVR Test Operator premises to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements for granting an authorisation. There will be no fee for the initial or second visit however any subsequent visits will incur a fee of €200 for a half day (or part thereof) and €450 for a full day visit or more than a half day.
Existing authorised test centres who apply for an amendment to their authorisation in relation to ADR testing must pay an application fee of €500. If an existing test centre applies for an amendment to increase the number of test lanes the prescribed fee is €6,000 for each additional test lane.
For additional information please contact CVRAuthorisations@rsa.ie
Any CVR Test operator applying for a new authorisation will be required to complete an initial CVR Test Operator course.
On the 15th October 2015 the RSA updated the specification for the Suspension Tester thereby updating the requirements in the 2013 Premises and Equipment Guidelines. This updated requirement is not applicable to any Suspension Testers already installed for testing which complied with the existing requirements at that time.
The reasons for updating the specification is to ensure that all equipment suppliers have a clear understanding of what is required to have their equipment connected to CoVIS and also to ensure that any new equipment purchased will be future proofed insofar as possible.
Suspension Tester Specification (PDF)
On 28th April 2015 the RSA updated the specifications for the Diesel Smoke Opacity Meter, HCV Roller Brake Tester, LCV Roller Brake Tester and Steering Side Slip unit which update the requirements in the 2013 Premises and Equipment Guidelines.
RSA Notice 15/2015 - Updated equipment specifications (PDF)
Diesel Smoke Opacity Meter specification (PDF)
HCV Roller Brake Tester specification (PDF)
LCV Roller Brake Tester specification (PDF)
Steering Side Slip unit specification (PDF)
These updated specifications are applicable to any new equipment installed for testing e.g. where equipment is being installed in a new test lane / test centre or where current equipment is being replaced.
The updated specifications are not applicable to equipment that has already been installed in test centres and has complied with the existing equipment specifications at that time.
On the 16th July 2014 the RSA updated the specification for the Headlamp Aim Tester thereby updating the requirements in the 2013 Premises and Equipment Guidelines.
Headlamp Aim Tester specification (PDF)
Where there is a query on any equipment specifications, the Authority may issue a clarification to ensure that equipment specification is clearly understood. Any clarifications issued to date are included in Equipment Specification Clarifications 2015 (PDF).