Buses & Ambulances

  • What's Changed?

    We’ve introduced an easy online booking system, which means greater flexibility for you and your business. Here’s what’s changed:

     

    1. You can now book tests for your vehicles online.
    2. Simply register your details or if youve already registered login to your CVRT Operator Portal you’re good to go.
    Remember! - The person presenting the vehicle for its test is now required to produce Presenter I.D. in the form of a valid Driving Licence or Passport at the test centre.

     

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  • How to book your test

    The anniversary of your vehicle’s first registration is the date when your annual HCV test is due.

    There are numerous CVRT centres that test buses and ambulances. You can book your test online. Here’s how:

      1. If you are a bus operator, register on the CVRT Operator Portal, our online system
      2. Then, login to the CVRT Operator Portal using your username and password that you will have set during registration
      3. Once you login, you’ll see when your vehicles are due to be tested
      4. For ambulances, you can just book your test online 
      Choose ‘Book a test’ and you’ll be able to book your test in a few easy steps:
      • Confirm your vehicle(s) details
      • Choose a test centre and schedule your test(s)
      • Make a payment (if the test centre is set up to do so) or you can choose to pay at the test centre
      • We'll get in touch to let you know we received a booking request.
      • Your test centre will then contact you to confirm your test.
    • Remember! - The person presenting the vehicle for its test is now required to produce Presenter I.D. in the form of a valid Driving Licence or Passport at the test centre.
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    We accept VISA and Mastercard. Please note, we do not accept American Express or Diners Club cards

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  • CRW and once you pass your test

    If your vehicle passes the CVR test, the test centre will give you a pass statement. Then you’ll receive your Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) in the post. The CRW will go to the registered owner of the vehicle.

    This certificate is proof that a vehicle met a set of basic safety requirements on the day it passed its test. Only components that are visible and accessible can be assessed at the CVRT. A CRW should not be regarded as a warranty as regards the condition of the vehicle.

     
    Remember! - The person presenting the vehicle for its test is now required to produce Presenter I.D. in the form of a valid Driving Licence or Passport at the test centre - failure to do so could result in delays in the CRW being issued.

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  • Test Fees

    The test fee for buses depends on the size and weight of the bus.

     

    ​Vehicle weight ​Fee
    Mechanically propelled vehicles used for the carriage of passengers with more than 8 seats but fewer than 14 seats, excluding the driver’s seat ​Fee for test and CRW = €198.00
    Mechanically propelled vehicles used for the carriage of passengers with 14 seats or more excluding the driver’s seat​ ​Fee for test and CRW = €200.00
    For Ambulances​ €145.00
     

     All fees show are subject to VAT

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  • If you fail your test

    If your vehicle fails, you'll need to repeat the test. You must book the re-test with the Test Centre who ran the first test. If you choose to have your vehicle tested in another seperate Test Centre then the vehicle must undergo a full test at the full test price.

    Cost & procedure of a retest

    If you return for the re-test within 21 days and your vehicle has travelled fewer than 4,000 kilometres since it was tested:

      • the vehicle does not have to repeat the full test; rather, it is tested only on the failure points from the first test.
      • A visual re-test is free, but a retest that requires a test lane has a fee, please see the table below for retest fees.
      • You should repair vehicle fail items immediately and present the vehicle for re-test as soon as possible.
    ​Vehicle weight ​Fee
    Mechanically propelled vehicles used for the carriage of passengers with more than 8 seats but fewer than 14 seats, excluding the driver’s seat ​Fee for test and CRW = 73.83
    Mechanically propelled vehicles used for the carriage of passengers with 14 seats or more excluding the driver’s seat​ ​Fee for test and CRW = 73.83
    For Ambulances​ 47.26
     
     
     All fees show are subject to VAT.
     
    Remember! - The person presenting the vehicle for its test is now required to produce Presenter I.D. in the form of a valid Driving Licence or Passport at the test centre.

     

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  • The test process and preparing for your test

    The Test Process
     
    Customers present the vehicle at the chosen CVRT Test centre. The presenter of the vehicle is now required to produce Presenter ID in the form of a valid drivers licence or passport. Failure to do so could result in a delay in the issuing of a Certificate of Roadworthiness.
     
    Tests take between 45 and 120 minutes depending on the type of vehicle being tested and the number of axles. Only components that are visible and accessible are assessed when a vehicle is undergoing the CVRT
     
    Following the test, the centre issues either a pass or fail report. If the vehicle passes, the Certificate of Roadworthiness is automatically posted to the registered owner of the vehicle. This certificate is proof that a vehicle met a set of basic safety requirements on the day it passed its test. Only components that are visible and accessible can be assessed at the CVRT. A CRW should therefore not be regarded as a warranty as regards the condition of the vehicle.
    If a vehicle fails and returns for testing within 21 days and has travelled fewer than 4,000km since it was tested, the vehicle does not have to repeat the full test. Rather, it is tested only on the failure points from the first test.

    The certificate of roadworthiness should be displayed on the vehicle. It is a condition of taxing a vehicle over one year old that it has a valid certificate of roadworthiness.

    Preparing for your CVR Test

    Please prepare for the test by ensuring that:
    1. You check your vehicle engine for oil and water and ensure the windscreen washer is topped with water.
    2. Seats and cargo area are clear of personal belongings such as tool kits and that the cargo area are accessible to complete certain parts of the test.
    3. The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the under body).
    4. Wheel hubcaps are removed (in particular where it is not physically possible to otherwise check the wheel nuts) and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
    5. The engine is in a fit state to be tested e.g. Timing belt/chain has been replaced in line with your manufacturer`s guidance. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer at your chosen test centre.
    6. You check that the safety belts/ buckles are visible and working correctly. In the case of buses and other passenger vehicles you should make sure that you check belts and buckles for all passenger seats.
    7. Your registration plates are clean and comply with current regulations.
    8. The person who brings the vehicle for inspection brings identification with them in the form of a driving license or passport as failure to provide the required identification will result in the vehicle not being issued a pass statement and CRW should the vehicle pass the test.
    9. Your vehicles temperature gauge is showing as “normal” prior to arriving at the test centre for inspection.
     
    Other Items:
    • Although the amount of required paper documents has reduced in recent times, don't forget that in some cases you may still be required to bring documentation, such as modification reports if your vehicle has been modified or Seat Belt Declaration Forms (as may be required for passenger vehicles) Top Tip!: Did you know you can now upload scanned versions of documents via your online account at cvrt.ie
    • You should ensure you remove any valuables/personal belongings from the vehicle prior to the CVR test
    • You should make sure you bring your test fee (See full listing of test fees) as you are required to pay in advance of your test.
    • To ensure you don't miss your appointment, we recommend that you plan to arrive and ‘check in’ at your chosen CVR test centre 10 minutes before your allotted test time.
    If the above items are not taken care of, you are increasing the likelihood of your vehicle failing the test, or indeed, of your CVR testing centre being unable to test your vehicle resulting in you having to make a return visit.
     
    Remember! - The person presenting the vehicle for its test is now required to produce Presenter I.D. in the form of a valid Driving Licence or Passport at the test centre.

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  • Managing your vehicles

    Preparing for your test means your vehicles are more likely to pass their CVRT and be back on the road quickly.

    There are two things you can do to prepare for your HGV test.

    1. Establish a routine of daily checks

    a) through organisational structures:
    • Assign someone within your organisation to make sure all your vehicles are roadworthy
    • Establish a maintenance programme
    • Monitor all vehicle maintenance, defects and repairs
    b) through routine:
    • Make sure your drivers always do daily walk-around checks
    • Fix defects in your yard before vehicles go on the road
    c) through people and expertise:
    • Make sure you have the facilities to maintain and repair your vehicles
    • Make sure all staff are trained and know their responsibilities

    2. Make a schedule, keep a record

    A record of both planned and completed maintenance and repair makes scheduling easy. You can use our computer based system, and modify our sample schedule.
    More than just preparing for your test, establishing routines and schedules will will minimise breakdowns and keep your vehicle or fleet moving without disruption.

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