Our ultimate goal is to keep Irish roads safe. Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) is part of that effort.
There are four main reasons your vehicle needs an annual CVR test
Only when you pass your CVR test, will you get your Certificate of Road Worthiness (CRW). This certificate is proof that a vehicle met a set of basic safety standards on the day it passed its test, however it cannot be regarded as a warranty as regards the condition of the vehicle.
You must have a valid CRW in order to tax your vehicle.
The CVR test makes sure that, every year, all goods vehicles on the road have been fairly tested. The test identifies vehicle failure points on items tested in accordance with the CVRT manuals and re-tests vehicles on those points, so they return to the road as safer and more roadworthy vehicles. It should be noted that only items that are visible and accessible are tested at the CVR test.
Yearly tests and well-maintained vehicles mean fewer breakdowns. The CVRT programme improves the overall efficiency for goods vehicle testing.
The legislation states that all commercial vehicles must be tested when they are over one years old and annually after that. So having your vehicle tested means avoidance of penalty points and fines.