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Fast Tractor Testing
From 20 May 2018, fast tractors must undergo periodic tests and must display certificates of roadworthiness (CRWs).
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.
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 email@example.com outlining how and where you use your tractor and we will be happy to issue you with a clarification.
Where will fast tractors be tested?
Fast tractors will be 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.
Tel: 066 714 3000
A.O.C. Services Ltd t/a A.O.C. Commercials
Tel: 021 4883322
Banner Vehicle Centre (Ennis vehicle centre ltd)
Tel: 065 6838820
Clare Vehicle Testing Centre Ltd.
Tel: 065 6820297
Duffy Commercials Ltd.
D&M Truck Engineering Ltd.
Kilcullen Industrial Estate,
Tel: 045 481639
Eamonn O'Donnell Garages Ltd.
Tel: 025 85119
Garahys Garage Ltd.
Tel: 057 9121366
KellyTrucks Ballaghdereen Ltd
Tel : 094 9860444
Kinahan Commercials Ltd.
Tel: 090 6481326
Martin Molloy Commercials
Tel: 094 - 9023514
Master Metering Ltd t/a Midleton Commercial Vehicle Testing Centre
M&N Nolan Motor Company Ltd
Tel: 043 3345660
Paul Kavanagh Test Centre Ltd.
Tel: 041 9823282
Rathcoole Commercial Vehicle Testing Centre Ltd.
Unit 200 Greenogue Business Park
Tel: 01 4016840
Seamus Boland Auto Sales Ltd.
Tel: 051 421 403
T Nolan & Sons Ltd
Tel: 066 714 1140
Tullamore Test Centre Ltd.
Cloncollig Industrial Estate
Tel: 057 9352057
Urlingford Testing Services Ltd
estward Garages Ltd
Tel: 071 7634542
Windmill Autos Ltd,
053 9233 593
The number of test centres authorised to test Fast Tractors will increase in the coming weeks and we will update our website as and when new test centres become authorised.
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 will require testing include those used for:
local authority work
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 will it cost to test a fast tractor?
The test fees are as follows and mirror those applicable to HCVs with a similar design gross vehicle weight (DGVW):
Test Fee (ex. VAT)
Retest fee (ex. VAT)
Fast tractors having a DGVW exceeding 3,500 kg but not exceeding 7,500 kg
Fast tractors having a DGVW exceeding 7,500 kg
What will the test entail?
The test will be a maintenance and condition check of your vehicle. It will include 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 will mirror 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)
If you have any queries on the above, please contact CVRT Admin by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 091 872600
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