HCV & LCV testing manuals

HCV & LCV testing manuals

New Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) and Light Commercial vehicle (LCV) test manuals have been published.

New Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) and Light Commercial (LCV) Test Manuals have come into effect since the 25th of September 2013. The manuals are intended to achieve standardised and consistent testing and have been adopted as Guidelines under Section 38 of the Road Safety Authority (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness) Act 2012.

Key changes to the test manuals

The main changes which will be introduced when the new test manuals become effective in September are as follows;

  1. Updates to the Introduction including ;
    a. how the test is processed through CoVIS and the issuing of test reports and pass statements
    b. provision for a  “voluntary safety CVR test”
    c. requirement to present a valid identification (passport or driving license) at the time of the test
    d. provisions for vehicles which are found to be dangerously defective at the test.
    e. Requirement for the odometer reading to be recorded at the time of test and that the presenter is given the opportunity to verify.
    f. Importance of ensuring ownership details are correct on the National Vehicle Driver File at the time of the test as the Certificate of Roadworthiness will issue directly to the  registered owner. 
  2. Removal of the requirement to bring Vehicle Registration Certificate to the test as the vehicle details will be checked directly against the National Vehicle Driver File. 
  3. Updates to both manuals in order to categorise the seriousness of failure for each defect into minor, major or dangerous defects.
  4. Updates to both manuals include the text of recently published circulars into the body of both manuals
  5. The section previously set out in the introduction with regard to declarations for vehicle modifications is now moved to the body of the test manuals (section 60 of the LCV and section 71 of the HCV) and more guidance is provided with regard to the modifications for which a modifications report shall be required and a template for the form is introduced.
  6. Updates to the HCV manual to the Vehicle Weights And Dimensions Plate Section due to the recently published 46 tonne regulations
  7. Updates to both manuals with regard to corrosion assessment, and its failure criteria (including diagrams newly added to the HCV manual)
  8. Updates to both manuals with regard to tyre specifications. Additional detail on tyre mixing is now added and a tyre speed index table is added. Conditions whereby the additional load speed index rating can be used in now introduced.
  9. Updates to the HCV manual whereby the braking efficiency (service brake, parking brake and  Emergency/ Secondary Brake) for semi trailers with up to 3 axles is now based on the sum of the individual axle weights plated in IRL.
  10. New methods of testing and reasons for failure are introduced to various test items as “unsafe Repair or Modification”. Such an unsafe repair or modification may require the presentation of a modifications report as specified in Section 60 of the LCV and Section 71 of the HCV Test Manuals.