A number of changes to the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test system, including those driven by EU Directive 2014/45, come into force on 20 May 2018.
This page will give you a brief overview of those changes and which commercial vehicle owners and operators they will impact upon.
Currently older vehicles, normally tested within the commercial vehicle test regime, are obliged to be tested annually even if they are not used for commercial purposes.
From May 2018, these rules will change to the following:
If your vehicle is converted or modified, for example from an M1 passenger vehicle to an N1 light commercial vehicle, from May 20 its test due date will be the “date of conversion” as recorded by the motor tax office. This means that the CRW expiry date for your vehicle, once it passes the CVR test, is aligned with the date of conversion rather than the date that your vehicle may have passed the test. Therefore there will be no advantage in delaying having your modified vehicles tested.
CRW expiry date and test due dates
From May if your vehicle is a used commercial imported vehicle (second-hand imported vehicle), its test due date will now be aligned with its date of first registration in Ireland.
This means that the CRW expiry date of your imported vehicle, once it passes its CVR test, is aligned with the vehicle's date of registration in Ireland rather than the date that the date it may have passed its CVR test.
If your imported vehicle is less than 1 year old then the test due date will be aligned with your vehicle's date of first registration in its country of origin. These arrangements mirror what is currently in place for the NCT and ensures that there is no incentive to delaying having your imported vehicle tested.
Where a tyre is found to have less than 1.6mm tread depth in the centre three-quarters of the tread pattern this is now considered a dangerous defect. Previously the tester could classify such defects as either major or dangerous.