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Type Approval update

As part of the system of EU type approval, vehicles and trailers must meet certain safety and environmental standards before being sold or first used on Irish roads. This type approval system already applies to cars and buses and from 29th April 2013 onwards, it will also apply to New Light Goods Vehicles (Gross Vehicle Design Weight of 3,500kg or less – EU category N1).

From 29th April 2013 onwards, approval certification obtained from the vehicle manufacturer / distributor will be required in order to register an N1 vehicle. The Road Safety Authority has prepared an information leaflet which can also be downloaded from the information note section of the RSA’s website.

The RSA website contains further information on the type approval process and also includes links to the relevant Irish legislation and EC framework directive 2007/46/EC. If you need further information you can email or phone 096-25040 or 096-25014.

The NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is Ireland’s appointed Approval Authority and is responsible for issuing all approvals for vehicles in Ireland.  For more information on the routes to approval, please visit  If you need further information you can email or phone 01-8073832.