As the owner or user of a commercial vehicle, you must always make sure that your vehicles are roadworthy and safe. Aside from the road safety benefits and it being your legal obligation, well maintained vehicles reduce the likelihood of your vehicles encountering delays from unscheduled downtime, unsafe vehicles being impounded and additional delays at roadside inspections. Here you will find summary information as regards your obligations in relation to vehicle maintenance & repairs, the benefits and the legislation.
To maintain a commercial vehicle in a safe & roadworthy condition over its lifetime requires ongoing maintenance. Commercial vehicle owners and users are required by law to:
An effective preventative vehicle maintenance system consists of scheduled maintenance, component repairs and vehicle inspections to prevent breakdowns. The benefits of an effective preventative maintenance system are:
reduced overall maintenance and operating costs;
Ensures the safety and roadworthiness of your vehicles:
The legal maintenance requirements of a vehicle are based on the vehicle type (for example, bus, HGV truck , rigids , van) rather than the use of a vehicle ( private or commercial).
So, even if you have a horse lorry which is used purely for social and leisure purposes you are still required to have an appropriate vehicle maintenance regime in place so as to ensure the roadworthiness of your vehicle while it is being used on a public road.
If you have any concerns about the roadworthiness condition of a commercial vehicle for e.g. School Bus, Truck, Trailer or indeed any other type of commercial vehicle you can report your concerns in confidence to the RSA. Visit our complaints page to find out more.
Vehicle maintenance and repair requirements are prescribed in SI No 348 of 2013 - Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) (Vehicle Repair and Maintenance) Regulations 2013 (PDF)
These regulations apply to the following vehicles
The regulations place obligations on the owners of commercial vehicles in relation to the following matters :
If you are not the owner the regulations still apply if you are the user of the vehicle, that is: in charge of; controlling and or directing the operation of the vehicle.