New versions of Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) and Light Commercial (LCV) manuals come into effect on 19th May 2018 and the Commercial Vehicle Information System (CoVIS) has been updated accordingly to reflect these changes. Copies of tester’s manuals are available at the links below.
HCV Testers Manual Version 5.0 (May 2018) (PDF)
LCV Testers Manual Version 5.0 (May 2018) (PDF)
Tractor Testers Manual Version 1.0 (May 2018) (PDF)
Find out more about these changes below.
The EU has published a new roadworthiness Directive, which Ireland is mandated to comply with. Failure to do so will mean fines for the Irish Government. Following the introduction of the new EU Roadworthiness Test Directive, the authority has taken this opportunity to make some changes to the tester’s manuals also. The purpose of the tester’s manual is to serve as a reference and guide for CVR testers when they are conducting CVR tests, and so changes are being introduced to ensure that the manuals remain relevant to modern vehicle technologies and are easy to interpret and use.
A summary of the primary changes made to the manuals are detailed below;
A new manual is being introduced from 19th May 2018, which sets out the process to be followed for testing a fast tractor within the scope of testing (defined by S.I. 117 of 2018 PDF). Similar to the LCV manual, the new tractor manual consists of 9 sections.
Individual sections of all testers’ manuals have now been structured as follows
Reason for Failures are now classified as minor (MiD), major (MaD) or dangerous (DD) versus ‘X’ convention that was used previously. Descriptions of severities follow.
Deficiencies are categorised into one of the following groups:
From Saturday 19 May 2018, where only minor deficiency are identified during a Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test and no major or dangerous defects were identified during the test, then your vehicle will not be required to undergo a re-test. However, the registered owner of the vehicle will not automatically receive the Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) until the vehicle is represented to the original test centre where the test was carried out and the minor deficiencies have been confirmed as rectified. Some examples of minor deficiencies include:
Previously the CVR tester could select either major or dangerous severity on defects found during a CVR inspection. Now the option is removed. Each reason for failure now has a corresponding severity, therefore the tester must now choose the applicable reason for failure.