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FTA Ireland welcomes opening of CVR test centres

FTA Ireland has welcomed news that CVR testing is resuming on Monday, May 18. FTA Ireland had called for CVRT test centres to be reopened to support the road haulage industry and commercial vehicle road safety.

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.”

The opening will be on a phased basis and individual test centres will have discretion regarding opening.

According to the Road Safety Authority only vehicles with a test due date prior to 28 March 2020 will be accepted for testing initially.

This will allow all vehicles with an expired CRW and not entitled to a test due extension to be tested first. CVR testing is subject to detailed measures being implemented to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 by each CVR test centre to protect staff, contractors and users of CVR testing services.