Unroadworthy vehicles are a major road safety concern in Ireland. Defective vehicles are not only dangerous to drive, but pose a significant risk to other road-users.
During 2016 the RSA conducted a survey of vehicle roadworthiness of HCVs and driver compliance with EU rules on driving times, breaks and rest periods. This was the third survey of its kind, the first of which was carried out in 2012 and early 2013.
The aim of this survey was to determine the current levels of driver compliance and vehicle roadworthiness of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses in Ireland.
The survey was designed by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and carried out by the RSA Vehicle Inspectors and Transport Officers. HGVs and buses were randomly stopped for inspection at roadside locations between the 1st January and 31st December 2016.
The 2016 report is a summary of the results from the HGV and bus surveys with comparisons to results from the 2014 and 2012 surveys. The final section of this report also contains some discussion about the effectiveness of the Commercial Vehicle Reform (CVR) programme introduced in 2013, which aims to improve the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles in Ireland.
Here you can download the 2016 - Summary of HGV and bus survey results (PDF)