Vintage vehicles will face safety checks

The Road Safety Authority is drawing up plans to test the roadworthiness of vintage vehicles to improve road safety.

The authority launched a public consultation this week and is seeking feedback from interested parties on proposals for testing.

The RSA said its policy is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road and this requires as many vehicle categories as possible to undergo periodic roadworthiness testing.

“This is a preventative measure which helps ensure that vehicles using our roads are in sound working order.

“Therefore, in accordance with Action 59 of the Government’s 2013 to 2020 Road Safety Strategy, the RSA is reviewing the roadworthiness testing of vintage vehicles to determine the safety case and cost benefits if any for inclusion in roadworthiness testing,” said a spokesperson.

The RSA wants to hear from vintage vehicles owners, clubs, associations, and members of the public who may have views, advice or suggestions on the proposals.

This feedback will be considered in finalising recommendations on future policy in this area for the minister for transport, tourism and sport.

Among the proposals are:

All vehicles used for commercial purposes (regardless of age) will continue to be required to undergo compulsory testing

The standards to which all pre-1980 registered vehicles are inspected against will be reviewed to ensure they reflect those to which such vehicles were originally built. The owners/operators of vintage vehicles, who are not legally obliged to have them tested but who wish to submit them for voluntary testing for insurance/road safety purposes, will be accommodated at both the network of NCT and CVRT Test Centres (as appropriate).

A number of options are being considered for providing an exemption from the requirement to undergo compulsory roadworthiness testing for vintage vehicles used for social and domestic purposes only first registered either; prior to January 1 1960, prior to January 1, 1980, on becoming 40 years old, or, on becoming 30 years old.

The consultation document can be viewed on the consultation section www.rsa.ie, which also includes instructions on how to submit feedback. The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday, November 14.Response forms should be emailed to: vintagevehicles@rsa.ie

Meanwhile, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry has welcomed the measures in this week’s budget and the decision by Finance Minister Michael Noonan to leave old reliables such s petrol, diesel, motor tax, and VRT untouched.


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