Do you have a question about your vehicle and the law?

Here you will find straightforward answers to questions about what standard your vehicle should meet under Irish law.  Please click on the topic below that best suits your query.

Agricultural Vehicles

Braking, Lighting & Visibility, Plating, Coupling, Speed Rating, Seatbelts, Vintage Tractors

Alternative Cars and Fuels

Autonomous or Driverless Cars, Vehicle Safety Features, Electronic and Hybrid Cars, Low Emission Zones

Buying a used car

Buying 2nd hand, Written off Vehicles, Clocked Cars, End of Life Vehicles (ELVs)

Heavy commercial vehicles

Weights and Dimensions, Reflective Markings, Abnormal & Indivisible Loads

Heavy Trailers (O3 & O4)

Weights and Dimensions, Roadworthiness Testing, Braking, Lighting & Visibility

Light Trailers (O1 & O2)

Laws on towing a light trailer, Braking requirements, Driver Licensing, Towing a broken down vehicle

Seatbelts and Safety Restraints

Laws on general seatbelt use, seatbelts in school buses, seatbelts in motorhomes and motor caravans, wheelchair restraints

Special Permits

Who needs a special permit, how to apply, what documentation is required, owners declaration 

Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSVs), Special Purpose Vehicles

Laws on Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSVs) e.g. Limos, taxis etc. Vehicles used for a Special purpose (e.g. armoured vehicles, ambulances etc.) and Mobile Machines (e.g. Cranes, Cherry Pickers etc.)

Two or Three Wheeled Vehicles & Quads

Motorbikes, Motorcycles, Quad Bikes, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Electric Bikes, Pedelecs, Battery Scooters

Type Approval and End of Series

Type Approval Rules for Cars, Light Trailers and Applying for an End of Series (EOS) Derogation

Vehicle Modifications

Laws on modifying, converting or reclassifying a vehicle, Downrating or Uprating, Converting from Private to Commercial (M1 to N1)

Vehicle Parts

Tyre and Wheels, Spare Wheels, Vehicle Glass and Driver Vision, Window Tinting, Lighting Laws, HID Lights

Vehicle Recalls

The law on vehicles that are recalled as a result of a defect

Vehicle Registration

Applying for a changing a vehicle ownership, Amending the Vehicle Registration Certificate