Fast Tractor Testing

Since 20 May 2018, fast tractors must undergo periodic tests and must display a certificate of roadworthiness (CRW).​ 
 
A ‘fast tractor’ is defined as a wheeled tractor in category T with a maximum design speed exceeding 40 km/h. If you use a fast tractor and you are unsure of its maximum design speed, you should consult its vehicle manufacturer or an authorised Irish tractor distributor. 

Exemptions

A fast tractor will not have to undergo a commercial vehicle test if it is used:

  • ​for the purposes of agricultural, horticultural, forestry, farming or fishery activity solely within the State and mainly on the land where such activity takes place, including agricultural roads, forestry roads or agricultural fields
  • exclusively on a small island. This exclusion from the requirement for compulsory testing will apply to all of the islands off the Irish coast.

It is important to note that an exemption from undergoing a commercial vehicle test is not an exemption from the requirement to ensure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition when it is used on a public road.

I am not sure if my Tractor is required to undergo a Roadworthiness Test? 

To assist tractor owners who maybe unsure as to whether your vehicle is required to undergo a Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test RSA have prepared an info graphic​ entitled "Does my Fast Tractor require a Certificate of Roadworthiness (PDF)".​​ We recommend you view this document in the first instance and if you are still unsure please send us an email  cvrtadmin@rsa.ie outlining how and where you use your tractor and we will be happy to issue you with a clarification. 

Where can I get my Fast Tractor Tested? 

Fast tractors are tested within the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) network in a number of authorised heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) testing centres. Details of test centres currently authorised to test fast tractors are as follows: 

Ahernes Garage Ltd. 

​Tralee Road 
Castleisland
Co. Kerry 
V92 N235
Tel: 066 714 3000
Email: testcentre@aherns.ie

A.O.C. Services Ltd t/a A.O.C. Commercials
Springhill
Carrigtwohill
Co. Cork
T45 DK57
Tel: 021 4883322
Email: workshop@aoccommercials.ie

Burke Bros (Transport) Ltd.
Erin House
Airglooney Business Park
Tuam
Co. Galway
H54 YX95
Tel: 093 25094
Email: info@burkesvtn.ie

Castledermot Commercials
Unit 1 Tullow Business Park
Rathoe Road
Tullow
Co. Carlow
R93 N349
Tel: 059 9152252
Email. info@hennessyvtn.ie

CD Carrick Commercials Ltd. 
Tullyleague
Carrick-on-Shannon 
Co. Roscommon
N41 P4V2
Tel: 071 9623378
Email:  info@cdcarrickcommercials.ie

Clare Vehicle Testing Centre Ltd. 
Lissane
Clarecastle 
Co. Clare
V95 C890
Tel: 065 6820297
Email: info@clarevtn.ie

Cronin Commercials & Repair Co Ltd.. 
Derinachara
Dunmanway 
Co. Cork
P47 X288
Tel: 023 8845498
Email: testing@cronincommercial.ie

D.Dennehy Ltd.
Carrigtwohill,
Co. Cork.
T45 EH29
Tel: 021 4883300
Email: cvrt@dennehytrucks.ie

Donegal Commercials 
Ballybofey Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
F92 H7FK
Tel: 074-9121005​
Email: mcdaidbros@gmail.com​

Dublin Tunnel Commercials Ltd.
The Helicentre
Airport Business Park
Old Airport Road
Cloghran
Co. Dublin
K67 P6N3
Tel: 01 8080924
Email: jeni@dtcommercials.ie

Duffy Commercials Ltd. 
Killycramph 
Cootehill
Co. Cavan
H16 PW81
045 5552342
Email: info@duffycommercials.ie 

D&M Truck Engineering Ltd. 
Kilcullen Industrial Estate, 
Kilcullen
Co. Kildare
R56EY75
Tel: 045 481639
Email: nora@dtme.ie

Eamonn O'Donnell Garages Ltd. 
Fermoy
Mitchelstown
Co. Cork
P67 EY92
Tel: 025 85119
Email: odonnellsgarage@gmail.com

Ennis Vehicle Centre Ltd t/a Clare CVRT. 
Lismuibreeda
Darragh
Ennis
Co. Clare
V95 VWY0
Tel: 065 6838820
Email: oliver@cvrtclare.ie

Fennells Garage Ltd.
Unit 19 Dungarvan Business Park
Dungarvan
Co Waterford
X35 KR22
Ph.: 058-41180 
email: info@fennellsgarage.com

Garahys Garage Ltd. 
Fortal
Birr
Co. Offaly. 
R42 N277
Tel: 057 9121366
Email: testing@garahys.ie

Glenview Motors Limited. 
Macroom Vehicle Test Centre
Ardnacrusha
Macroom
Co. Cork. 
P12 TX88
Tel: 026 41267
Email: info@glenview.ie

Interparts (Drumalee) Ltd. 
Dublin Road
Cavan
Co. Cavan. 
H12 Y8N1
Tel: 049 4331777
Email: annamarie@interparts.ie

J.A. Boland & Sons (Wexford) Ltd. 
Ardcavan
Wexford
Co. Wexford
Y35 RH73
Tel : 053 9180600
Email: troche@bolandcars.ie

Joe Curran Commercials Ltd. 
Kells Road
Oldcastle
Co. Meath
A82 Y1T9
Tel : 049 8541114
Email: vehicletesting@curran.net

John Bogue (Monaghan) Ltd
Dublin Road
Monaghan
Co. Monaghan.
H18 EH57
Tel: 047 81399
Email: johnboguecvrt@gmail.com​

Kanes Autos Ltd.
Longford Road,
Edgeworthstown,
Co. Longford.
N39 PX74
Tel: 043 667 1032
Email: kanesautosltd@eircom.net

KellyTrucks Ballaghdereen Ltd
Lung Road
Ballaghderreen
Co. Roscommon 
F45 FP22
Tel : 094 9860444
Email: cvrt@kellytrucks.ie  

Kinahan Commercials Ltd.
Dublin Road,
Moate,
Co. Westmeath
N37 W725
Tel: 090 6481326
Email: donalkenny@kinahan.ie

Mallow Commercials Ltd.
Lower Quartertown,
Mallow
Co. Cork.
P51 W320
Tel: 022 21614
Email: james@mallowcommercials.ie

Martin Molloy Commercials Ltd. 
Ross West
Castlebar
Co. Mayo
F23 W651
Tel: 094 - 9023514​
Email: cvrt@molloycommercials.ie​

Master Metering Ltd t/a Midleton Commercial Vehicle Testing Centre
Carrigshane,
Midleton,
Co. Cork
P25 E370
021 4630496
eileen@fitzgeraldcommercials.ie

M&N Nolan Motor Company Ltd
Curryline,
Newtownforbes,
Co. Longford. 
N39 V5Y9
Tel: 043 3345660
Email: info@nolanmotors.ie

MDS Commercial Centre Ltd (Europe) t/a Shaw Commercials
Breaffy Road Business Park
Castlebar
Co. Mayo
F23 N996
094 9027250
Email: cvrt@shawcommercials.com

N.L. West Auto Electrics Ltd. 
Gortboy
Newcastle West 
Co. Limerick
V42 YP02
Tel: 069 61373
Email: info@westautoelectrics.ie

O'Reilly Commercials Ltd. 
Ballinalack,
Mullingar
Co. Westmeath
N91 ATY0
Tel: 044 9371360
Email: cvrt@oreillycommercials.com

Paul Kavanagh Test Centre Ltd. 
Platin Road,
Drogheda
Co. Meath
A92 R3KW
Tel: 041 9823282
Email: info@kavanaghtestcentre.ie

Peter Donohue Ltd
New Inn
Ballinasloe
Co. Galway
H53 YY96
Tel: 090 9675817
Emal: info@peterdonohueltd.ie

Priority Drilling Ltd.
Killimor,
Ballinasloe,
Co. Galway
H53 N7F2
Tel: 090 9676117
Email: lyonsd@priority.ie

Rathcoole Commercial Vehicle Testing Centre Ltd.
Unit 200 Greenogue Business Park 
Rathcoole 
Dublin 24
D24 NH96
Tel: 01 4016840
Email: j.robinson@rathcoolecommercial.ie

Rolor Commercials
Rathpatrick
Slieverue
Co. Kilkenny
X91 D43C
Tel: 051 833380
Email: rolordoe@eircom.net

Seamus Boland Auto Sales Ltd.
Waterford Road,
New Ross,
Co. Wexford.
Y34 W667
Tel: 051 421 403
Email: vtn@bolandmotors.com

Surehaul (Ireland) Ltd.
Derrygrath
Clonmel
Co. Tipperary
E91 RR99
Tel: 052 6138130
Email: alan.pyke@surehaul.ie

T Nolan & Sons Ltd.
Droumstrasna
Castleisland
Co. Kerry
V92 WY03
Tel: 066 714 1140
Email: pnolan@tnolans.com 

Tullamore Test Centre Ltd. 
Cloncollig Industrial Estate
Tullamore
Offaly
R35 Y4E3
Tel: 057 9352057
Email: info@tullamoretest.ie 

Urlingford Testing Services Ltd 
Church View
Urlingford
Co. Kilkenny
E41 W8Y6
Tel: 056-8831319​
Email: info@urlingfordtesting.ie​

Westward Garages Ltd
Farnbeg Strokestown Co.
Roscommon
F42 VX24
Tel: 071 7634542
Email: vtn@westwardscania.com

Windmill Autos Ltd,
Donanore Enniscorthy,
Co. Wexford.
Y21 X6V6
053 9233 593
windmillautos@gmail.com

How frequently must I test my fast tractor? 

The first test will be due when your vehicle is four years old, i.e. from the fourth anniversary of first registration. After that it must be tested every two years. 

What if my tractor is already more than four years old on 20 May 2018? 

You must book it in for a test as soon as possible. If it passes the test, the CRW we send you will be valid for two years from the date of the test provided that the test is carried out before 20 August 2018, i.e. a three-month grace period has been included in the Amendment Regulations.

Is there any advantage to delaying testing my fast tractor? 

No. If your fast tractor is subject to compulsory testing and is over four years old on 20 May 2018 and is tested later than 20 August 2018, it will receive a CRW with an expiry date of 20 May 2020.

Is it necessary to test agricultural trailers? 

No agricultural trailers which are not commercial trailers in category 03 or 04 do not require a test.  However, under road traffic law, a trailer must be roadworthy at all times if you use it on a public road.  

If a fast tractor is used for both exempted and non-exempted activities, should it be tested? 

The requirement to test a fast tractor is based on its use. Any fast tractor which is used for a non-exempted activity requires a CRW. 
 
Examples of fast tractors which require testing include those used for:

  • local authority work
  • construction industry
  • quarry industry
  • manufacturing industry
  • mining industry
  • road construction/road works

​What is the penalty for using a vehicle without a valid CRW? 

If you use a vehicle without a valid CRW, it may result in a court appearance whereby on conviction a fine not exceeding €5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or both, may be imposed. Five penalty points would also apply on conviction.

How much does it cost to test a fast tractor?

The test fees are as follows and mirror ​tho​se applicable to HCVs with a similar design gross vehicle weight (DGVW):

​Vehicle Category 

​Test Fee (ex. VAT)

Retest fee (ex. VAT)​

Fast tractors having a DGVW exceeding 3,500 kg but not exceeding 7,500 kg

​€143.91

€47.26​

Fast tractors having a DGVW exceeding 7,500 kg​

​€167.90

​​€59.08

What does the test entail?

The test is a maintenance and condition check of your vehicle. It includes a check of the items necessary to assure a minimum standard of roadworthiness of your vehicle, i.e. braking, lighting, steering, and suspension systems, etc. Essentially, it mirrors the test currently carried out on HCVs but modified where necessary to suit the design characteristics of fast tractors. 
Download the Fast Tractor Testers Manual (PDF)​​

Contact us

If you have any queries on the above, please contact CVRT Admin by email: cvrtadmin@rsa.ie or Tel: 091 872600

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