We authorise and supervise all Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test centres, so you’ll need to apply to us if you want to become a test centre.
All new applicants for authorisation as a CVR test operator must undertake tests of both heavy and light commercial vehicles – the application must meet the minimum requirement of 1 Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) test lane and 1 Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) test lane i.e. You cannot open a LCV only or HCV only test centre.
Your plans should be drawn up in conjunction with the RSA's premises and equipment guidelines, it is recommended that you send the plans (including site plan) to email@example.com for review, in advance of seeking planning permission and commencing building.
Confirmation that the applicant has obtained any necessary planning permission consents required to operate the CVR testing centre must also be provided.
In order to support connectivity to the RSA, 4G connectivity is required.
Applicants must meet all of the statutory requirements as specified in Section 11(1) – (a) to (f) of the Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) Act 2012. These requirements are as follows:
The investment required to open a new test centre and ensuring compliance with the requirements is significant and any proposals should be carefully assessed from a financial and risk perspective. Any applicant is advised to fully research the costs involved and the anticipated returns on this investment.
All applicants must fully comply with the current Premises and Equipment Guidelines. These guidelines outline the requirements for test lanes, parking areas, testing areas, sign posts and more.
Download a copy of the current Premises and Equipment Guidelines (PDF) and also the CVRT Branding Guidelines (PDF).
Fill out our application form for authorisation as a new test centre (PDF). Send the completed form to:
CVR Authorisation Section
Commercial Vehicle Testing
Road Safety Authority
A minimum fee of €8,500 is chargeable to applicants for new CVR Test Operators authorisations. If the application is for more than 2 test lanes there is an additional fee of €6,000 for each additional test lane.
The RSA will conduct inspections of CVR Test Operator premises to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements for granting an authorisation. There will be no fee for the initial or second visit however any subsequent visits will incur a fee of €200 for a half day (or part thereof) and €450 for a full day visit or more than a half day.
Existing authorised test centres who apply for an amendment to their authorisation in relation to ADR testing must pay an application fee of €500. If an existing test centre applies for an amendment to increase the number of test lanes the prescribed fee is €6,000 for each additional test lane.
For additional information please contact CVRAuthorisations@rsa.ie
Any CVR Test operator applying for a new authorisation will be required to complete an initial CVR Test Operator course.
|Initial CVR Test Operator Course
| 2 days
Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) has been awarded the training contract by the RSA to deliver this training. The training is run on a number of different dates during the year. All fees are paid directly to TUS. Please contact TUS for further information.
The training fees per attendee are as follows
|Initial CVR Test Operator Training
All fees are paid directly to Technological University of the Shannon (TUS).
Queries in relation to course dates and times should be directed to Technological University of the Shannon (TUS).
RSA Course Coordinator,
Technological University of the Shannon,
Tel: 090 648 3032
Should you have any further queries on the application process please contact us at:
Road Safety Authority,
CVR Authorisation Section,
Tel 091 872 600
Where there is a query on any equipment specifications, the Authority may issue a clarification to ensure that equipment specification is clearly understood.