Please note also that there may be legitimate reasons why an earlier odometer reading is higher than a more recent one, for example if a speedometer has been replaced. However, it might also suggest that the odometer has been ‘clocked’ or tampered with.
While this new measure should act as a deterrent to odometer fraud, we are not responsible for policing such activity. Furthermore, we cannot pass on any information about a vehicle’s previous test history (including historic odometer readings) or details of where a vehicle was tested to any person who was not the registered owner at the time of the test.
If you import a vehicle which has a valid EU member state roadworthiness certificate, from 20 May 2018 you can exchange the out-of-state certificate for an Irish-issued EU recognition certificate. You must complete the roadworthiness certificate recognition application form and forward it to us. We will then send you an EU recognition certificate. Its expiry date will be aligned to the expiry date on the EU member state certificate of roadworthiness.
It is important to note that an EU recognition certificate is not the same as a CRW. A recognition certificate is simply a certificate which recognises the unexpired portion of a roadworthiness certificate from another member state.
It means that your vehicle’s roadworthiness test was conducted in the EU member state from which it was imported and not by an authorised commercial vehicle testing centre in Ireland.
As outlined above a CRW or an EU recognition certificate should never be regarded as a warranty for your vehicle. Whenever you are purchasing or importing a used commercial vehicle, either in Ireland or from another EU member state, we recommend that you have it independently checked by a qualified mechanic before you purchase it. This should provide some assurance that it is roadworthy at the time of purchase.
For further information, visit our mutual recognition of out-of-state EU roadworthiness certificates page.