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‘Phased resumption’ of driving tests

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has recently announced that the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthy Test (CVRT) has reopened from the 18th of May.

Only vehicles with a test due date prior to March 28th, 2020, will be tested in the first phase of reopening.

Minister Ross confirmed that the testing for vehicles that are due testing on or after the 28th of March will be resumed over the coming weeks.

The recommencement of CVRT services will be subject to detailed measures being put in place by each individual CVRT test centre operator to mitigate against the spread of COVID19.

In his statement, Minister Ross said: “The resumption of CVRT testing is subject to robust protocols being put in place by each testing centre that meets public and occupational health requirements in order to protect staff and customers.”

“The Health and Safety Authority has new powers that allow it to close workplaces where there is very poor management of health and safety, but this will only be applied as a final resort.”

Driving test

Minister Ross also commented on the possible reopening of other RSA services, saying that he plans to implement a phased reopening of the services.

“I have asked officials in my Department and in the RSA to continue to engage with a view to producing a road map for the phased resumption of other RSA services, including the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), Driver Theory Test (DTT), National Car Test (NCT) and the Driving Test.”

“This must be done in line with the Government’s road map for easing of Covid-19 restrictions, published on 1 May, and in compliance with the National Return to Work Safely Protocol agreed by employer and worker representatives.”

For Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 and CVRT services, click here.

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