Passenger Vehicles - Category M

Motor Vehicles with at least four wheels designed and constructed primarily for the carriage of persons and their luggage.

 

Category Description Entry into Service/Registration Requirements Road Worthiness Testing Requirements
M1 Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers and comprising no more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat e.g. Cars, People Carriers Since 29th April 2009 all new passenger cars (M1) must have either EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)  or National approval for Individual Vehicles (IVA) or vehicles produced in small series (NSSTA) in order to be registered in Ireland Roadworthiness tested by NCT. The first test is four years after first registration and every two years thereafter. Annual testing of cars over 10 years old  commenced  on 1st June 2011. Cars over 10 years old will be now be issued with an annual certificate of roadworthiness.  
M2 Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers, comprising more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat and having a maximum mass not exceeding five tonnes. Generally this includes small buses and minibuses. All new buses (M2 and M3) must have  EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)  or National approval for Individual Vehicles (IVA) or vehicles produced in small series (NSSTA) in order to be registered for the first time in Ireland Tested annually. Visit CVRT.ie for further information
M3 Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers, comprising more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat and having a maximum mass exceeding five tonnes. e.g. Large buses. Tested annually. Visit CVRT.ie for further information