Commercial Vehicle Testing
The procedure for testing commercial body vehicles (even if taxed private) trailers and motor caravans has changed since October 2013.
Under the new system, the test centre no longer gives a pass statement to be submitted to the Motor Tax Office. Now, when a vehicle has passed a test, a report is given to the owner and the certificate of roadworthiness and a disc for the vehicle then follows in the post.
Test information is automatically updated on the vehicle record by the test centre, so it is no longer necessary to produce a pass statement to the MTO when taxing.
The test disc must be displayed in the vehicle window at all times.
Goods Vehicle Testing
Goods vehicles are taxed based on the unladen weight of the vehicle. They should have no more than 3 seats max – exception only given to those vehicles classed as crew cabs. Vehicles over one year old must undergo a roadworthiness test.
If Vehicle is tested prior to October 2013
If the vehicle passes the test prior to 1 October 2013, the test centre issues a pass statement, which is to be presented to the Motor Tax Office, who in turn will issue a Certificate of Road Worthiness for the vehicle. If the Design Gross Vehicle Weight is greater than 3,500 kgs the fee for the roadworthiness Certificate is €13. If the Design Gross Vehicle Weight is less than 3,500 kgs the fee for the roadworthiness Certificate is €6.
If Vehicle is tested after October 2013
The new Commercial Vehicle Information System (CoVIS) commenced issuing Certificates of Roadworthiness (CRW’s) from 1 October 2013 and the registered owner will automatically receive a new style CRW by post. The RSA will deal with any replacement CRW’s and with any queries relating to CoVIS. Telephone: 1890 406040
There are three authorised test centres in Sligo:
Authorised Test Centres in Sligo
- Cawley Commercials, Drinaghan, Sligo Telephone: 071 9159282
- Colm Burns Commercials, Ballisodare, Sligo Telephone: 071 9160832
- Davey Motors, Hazelwood, Sligo Telephone: 071 9143004
Authorised Weighbridge in Sligo
- Cold Chon, Deepwater Quay, Sligo Telephone: 071 9161952
An articulated vehicle (ie vehicle and semi trailer) is regarded as a single vehicle and motor tax is payable on the basis of the unladen weight of the tractor unit plus the unladen weight of the heaviest semi-trailer which will be used at any time during the period of the licence. Additional duty is not otherwise payable in relation to the use of a vehicle to draw a trailer or sidecar. The unladen weight of an Articulated Lorry weighs at least 9,000kg or over.