FTA Ireland is calling for CVRT test centres to be reopened to support the road haulage industry and commercial vehicle road safety.
Transport Minister Shane Ross suspended Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness testing on March 28,
The decision was taken it seems following guidance from the Health Service Executive and the changing circumstances at that time.
The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (Vehicle Testing) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 were signed by the Minister onApril 20. The effect of these measures is to extend the test due dates by three months for commercial vehicles due a CVR test on or after March 28.
FTA Ireland General Manager Aidan Flynn told HGVIreland.com “CVRT centres provide critical independent commercial vehicle roadworthiness functions and as such everything needs to be done to allow them open as soon as possible.”
He added: “Of course, the health and safety of all staff is sacrosanct, but if haulage, distribution and manufacturing facilities continue to operate safely and with restrictions in place, there is no reason why CVRT centres under the auspices of the Road Safety Authority should not be able to carry out their functions, even on a limited basis.”