• Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing Fees have increase

    29th - Apr by   Advance Driver Training

    Why have the fees gone up?

    The fees have gone up to help fund a reform programme which will make our roads safer for everyone. The reform programme will also level the competitive playing field for commercial vehicle operators by reducing non-compliance. The RSA has also ensured that the new system will deliver several administrative improvements for operators. As a result of all the new reforms the fees for testing the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles have changed. From 7th October 2013 the fees include a new road safety levy. The reform process has been worked on since 2007 and there have been no fee increases since then. The RSA has financed the upfront capital investment in the new system so that the fee increases would only apply from the time benefits are being delivered. The reforms have their inception in the Kenstown and Clara collisions in which a number of children tragically lost their lives at a time when there was huge concern about the standard of our commercial vehicles at home and abroad.

    Issues of concern continue today…

    We still are very concerned by the number of defective commercial vehicles on our roads. While many operators maintain their vehicles to the highest standards, many others do not. These operators are making our roads less safe and are also undercutting compliant operators. In 2012, RSA roadside checks were carried out on over 3,500 vehicles and 1 in 2 commercial vehicles on our roads were found to have defects. Disturbingly, 32% of these defects were defined as serious or dangerous. In these cases, the truck or bus involved required immediate attention and was prohibited from continuing its journey. This situation is of significant concern to the RSA and clearly highlights the need to reform the system of testing and monitoring the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles in Ireland. We are also aware that current rates of annual testing compliance are unacceptable. Of 1,000 randomly sampled commercial vehicles aged 5 years, only 70% of the legally required tests were conducted (i.e. 3,500 out of 5,000). This contributes to poor roadworthiness standards. Further, testing compliance rates for trailers are also unacceptable. There are approximately 45,000 trailers registered on the National Vehicle & Driver File (NVDF) but only 19,000 of those trailers were tested during 2010.

    What is the levy being used to fund?

    The levy is being used to fund several reforms which will support compliant operators : An enhanced testing system with new benefits for road transport operators which support excellent customer service, including:

    • Easy to use online test booking and reminder system
    • Automatic posting of CRWs to registered owners eliminating the need to go to the motor tax office to exchange a pass statement for a CRW.
    • Fewer documents to produce at the CVR testing centre – you don’t need to bring your vehicle registration document to the test anymore. This is significant improvement for any operator with vehicles all around the country.

    Performance management and supervision of the testing system by the RSA to ensure that tests are being conducted to a high consistent standard across the country

    New maintenance obligations

    The RSA has commenced premises inspections to ensure operators are aware of and meeting their obligation to have a maintenance system and driver walk around checks. The initial visits will be educational, but, the RSA also has powers to enforce to ensure compliance.

    Increased enforcement at the roadside targeted at non-compliant operators

    Already in 2013 the number of vehicles checked at the roadside has doubled over 2012. With the new system enforcement will be targeted at non-compliant operators more and more, letting compliant operators go about their daily business with minimum risk of disruption.

    New operator portal

    Which can be used by operators as a repository for their fleet. All in all, the new system will:

    • improve the compliance of commercial vehicles and deliver safer roads for all road users,
    • support compliant commercial operators who are currently being undercut by non-compliant operators
    • deliver several administrative improvements for commercial vehicle operators in connection with the annual test.

    Levy will apply only to the following tests

    The levy only applies to the annual test

    Levy does not apply to

    • Re-tests.
    • Any motor caravan tests.
    • Enforcement tests

    VAT calculations on the fees

    No vat is calculated on the proportion of the fee passed on to the RSA (i.e the road safety levy)

    Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) costs

    The CRW cost is included in the new fees and the CRW certificate and detachable disc will be automatically mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle

    Class of vehicle
     Full Test Fee (incl CRW)
    Re-test Fee
    Mechanically propelled vehicles used for the carriage of passengers with more than 8 seats but fewer than 14 seats, excluding the driver’s seat
    Mechanically propelled vehicles used for the carriage of passengers with 14 seats or more excluding the driver’s seat
    Vehicles having a design gross weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms but not exceeding 7,500 kilograms
    Vehicles having a design gross weight exceeding 7,500 kilograms with 2 axles
    Vehicles having a design gross weight exceeding 7,500 kilograms with 3 axles
    Vehicles having a design gross weight exceeding 7,500 kilograms with 4 or more axles
    Trailers having a design gross weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms
    Vehicles having a design gross weight not exceeding 3,500 kilograms
    Motor caravans with two axles
    Motor caravans with three or more axles

    All fees above are subject to VAT at 23% Please note that the levy element is not subject to VAT.

    What are the benefits for me as a road transport operator?

    There are a wide range of business, operational and commercial benefits associated with these reforms. Business and operational efficiencies.

    • A proper safety and maintenance programme will reduce breakdowns, and improve vehicle fuel efficiency, improve re-sale values, and optimise the life-span of replacement parts.
    • You will save time and cost through no longer having to visit your motor tax office to get your CRW.
    • The new online system will assist by providing a repository for your fleet management information and a tool to support your ongoing maintenance and testing arrangements that make it easier for you to manage your fleet and ensure that you are compliant with vehicle roadworthiness requirements.
    • The risk rating system will support enforcement operations with targeting information, ultimately meaning that operators with high compliance in vehicle roadworthiness and driver hours and are less likely to be stopped at roadside checks, which will help minimise unscheduled disruptions to your operations.
    • Enhanced reputation nationally and internationally.
    • Evidence of compliance of roadworthiness can be used to commercial advantage by proactively sharing evidence of good practice with your customers.

    Enhancing fair market competition.

    • Going about your business with less disruption: Enforcement efforts will be targeted towards those who choose not to properly maintain & test their fleet annually.
    • Changes apply to all commercial vehicles operating on Ireland’s roads (licensed and non-licensed).

    I am already a compliant operator, what is in it for me.

    • Administrative improvements set out above
    • Risk based targeting of non-compliant operators
    • Level competitive playing field by improving compliant and reducing the opportunity for non-compliance by operators who are undercutting compliant operators.