About VTN

VTN (Vehicle Testing Network) is the official brand name of the Countrywide Network of Vehicle Tester Members who are members of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry. They are part of the wider RSA CVRT Network of independently owned test centres which are authorised and supervised by the Road Safety Authority and are completely separate from the National Car Testing Service (NCT) network which only test cars.

When choosing a VTN Test Centre the public can be assured of:

  • VTN Quality Management System – ISO 9001:2015 inc CITA 9 B certified
  • Competent personnel who undergo annual CPD Training.
  • Appropriate and independently calibrated test equipment.
  • Friendly, courteous and well trained staff to meet your requirements.

What is the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test ? (CVRT)

The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) is a roadworthiness test for all commercial vehicles, buses with more than eight passenger seats and ambulances, all over one year old. The CVRT confirms that a vehicle satisfies basic safety standards on the day the test is carried out. It tests what is accessible and visible. It does not confer a warranty as regards the condition of the vehicle.

All commercial vehicles must be tested when they are over one year old and annually after that.

Commercial Vehicle Testing is one component of the preventative measures we need to have safer vehicles on our roads. In order to ensure that vehicles are kept in good and safe condition through their life, it is essential that they are regularly maintained and serviced. Commercial Vehicle Operators now have explicit obligations to have maintenance systems in place and to conduct daily walk around checks.

Prospective purchasers of used vehicles should always have the vehicle thoroughly and independently checked by a qualified person prior to purchase or else buy from an authorised dealer with a warranty.

There are two types of commercial vehicle tests, one for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) and one for Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCVs).

The LCV test is for:

  • all small goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 3,500 kg or less

The HCV test covers all other commercial vehicles including:

  • goods vehicles over 3,500 kg GVW
  • goods trailers over 3,500 kg GVW
  • buses with more than eight passenger seats
  • ambulances

What the test examines

Only components that are visible and accessible can be assessed at the CVRT. These include:

  • Brakes
  • Lights and markings
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Steering and suspension
  • Chassis and underbody
  • Tachograph
  • Speed limiter
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Electrical systems
  • Glass and mirrors

Further information on the CVRT test items can be found in the relevant testers manuals.

Preparing for your CVR Test

Please prepare for the test by ensuring that:

  1. You check your vehicle engine for oil and water and ensure the windscreen washer is topped with water.
  2. Seats and cargo area are clear of personal belongings such as tool kits and that the cargo area is accessible to complete certain parts of the test.
  3. The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the under body).
  4. Wheel hubcaps are removed (in particular where it is not physically possible to otherwise check the wheel nuts) and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
  5. The engine is in a fit state to be tested e.g. Timing belt/chain has been replaced in line with your manufacturer`s guidance. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer at your chosen test centre.
  6. You check that the safety belts/ buckles are visible and working correctly. In the case of buses and other passenger vehicles you should make sure that you check belts and buckles for all passenger seats.
  7. Your registration plates are clean and comply with current regulations.
  8. The person who brings the vehicle for inspection brings identification with them in the form of a driving license or passport as failure to provide the required identification will result in the vehicle not being issued a CRW should the vehicle pass the test.
  9. Your vehicles temperature gauge is showing as “normal” prior to arriving at the test centre for inspection.

CVR Test Fees

There are different fees applicable for different types of vehicles. The relevant fees are set out in the table below

Vehicle Type Fees

Full test Fee €94.86
Re test Fee €35.43

Inc VAT@23%
Full test fee €111.16
Re- test fee €43.58

Full test fee €198.00
Re Test fee €73.83

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €231.96
Re- test fee €90.81

Full test fee €200.00
Re Test fee €73.83

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €233.96
Re- test fee €90.81

Full Test fee €146.52
Re Test fee €47.26

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €168.26
Re- test fee €58.13

Full test fee €171.16
Re Test fee €59.08

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €198.34
Re- test fee €72.67

Full Test fee €201.67
Re Test fee €73.83

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €235.63
Re- test fee €90.81

Full Test fee €220.38
Re Test fee €82.69

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €258.42
Re- test fee €101.71

Full Test fee €141.95
Re Test fee €53.15

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €166.40
Re- test fee €65.37

Full Test fee €145.00
Re Test fee €47.26

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €166.74
Re- test fee €58.13

Full Test fee €76.86
Re Test fee €35.43

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €93.16
Re- test fee €43.58

Full Test fee €94.58
Re Test fee €44.29

Inc VAT @ 23%
Full test fee €114.95
Re- test fee €54.48

Please note that the full test fee includes a levy element that is not subject to VAT. 
Details of all test fees are prescribed in Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 347 of 2013.

Retest Fees 
A visual re-test is free, but a retest that requires a test lane has a fee as outlined above.

All retests must be completed within 21 calendar days and within 4,000 kms of the initial test or you'll need to repeat the full test. 
You should repair vehicle fail items immediately and present the vehicle for re-test as soon as possible.

What does the Test Fee include? 
The test fee covers the following elements:

  • Your commercial vehicle test 
  • Your certificate of roadworthiness – printing and postage of your CRW (no longer have to travel to your motor tax office)
  • A Road Safety Levy – note the Road Safety Levy does not apply to re-tests. However if the vehicle is not brought back within 21 days and within 4,000Km limit then the vehicle will require a full test and you will be charged a further levy.

Explanation: both apply – you must be back within 21 days for a re-test and also you cannot have done more than 4,000 kms

VAT Calculation on Fees 
No vat is applied on the proportion of the fee passed on to the RSA (i.e. the road safety levy)

Certificate of Roadworthiness costs 
The CRW cost that was paid by vehicle owners to the motor tax office is now included in the test fees above and the CRW certificate and detachable disc will be automatically posted to the current registered owner of the vehicle.

Fast Tractor Testing

Since 20 May 2018, fast tractors must undergo periodic tests and must display a certificate of roadworthiness (CRW).​

 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. 

Exemptions: 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.


Where can I get my Fast Tractor Tested? 

Fast tractors are tested within the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) network in a number of authorised heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) testing centres.  


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. 

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. 

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 does it cost to test a fast tractor?

The test fees are as follows and mirror ​tho​se applicable to HCVs with a similar design gross vehicle weight (DGVW):


Tractor Testing Fees 


Vehicle Category 

​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​



COVID 19 Measures:

In the interest of the safety and welfare of our staff and customers:

If possible, only the person presenting the vehicle for inspection should attend the appointment, please refrain from bringing children to the test centre. This is to help with social distancing.

If you are showing signs of fever or feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend your CVRT appointment and rebook another date and time as appropriate.

Please ensure that your vehicle interior is clean, tidy and free of any unhygienic matter such as tissues and wipes.

We also encourage customers to pay in advance by card where possible.