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RSA advises on CVRT changes

Over the past few years, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has developed and implemented a reform programme aimed at making the roads safer for everyone by raising the standard of commercial vehicles on our roads. This is called the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (CVR) Reform Programme and it has as its origin two serious bus crashes in Kentstown and Clara where six schoolchildren were killed and questions were raised about the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles on our roads.

Much work has already been done, and over the next few months, there will be further improvements to the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) system which will benefit operators and owners of commercial vehicles, as well as improving road safety for all road-users.

In order to bring stakeholders up to date with the changes that have been taking place, the RSA has produced an eNewsletter which is available here.

You can also visit our website at

To educate the industry and the general public about the CVRT reform programme, the RSA has produced three information videos to highlight the key changes to the system. The first two videos are targeted at the industry and focus on the changes to the CVRT system for anyone who owns or operates a commercial vehicle or fleet, why these changes are important, what owners and operators of commercial vehicles are required to do as a result, and the significant road safety, commercial and administrative benefits that will arise as a result of the changes. The third video is aimed at informing the general public of the changes and why they are important to make the roads safer for all road-users.

Video 1: Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test Reforms: Changes to the system

Video 2: Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test Reforms: Operator premises inspections

Video 3: A road-user’s guide to the CVRT changes

The videos are also available to view on, on the RSA’s YouTube Channel at and on their Facebook page at