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:
You check your vehicle engine for oil and water and ensure the windscreen washer is topped with water.
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.
The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the under body).
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.
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.
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.
Your registration plates are clean and comply with current regulations.
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.
Your vehicles temperature gauge is showing as “normal” prior to arriving at the test centre for inspection.
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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