General Roadworthiness

Find out some of the main general roadworthiness related offences relevant to your vehicle.

Legal instrument Offence description Penalty
Road Traffic Act 1961 Section 18; Using a vehicle without an NCT test certificate  A fine of up to €2000 and /or up to three months imprisonment.   The Courts may also impose up to 5 penalty points following a successful conviction.  

Road Traffic Act 1961 Section 18;

SI no. 771 of 2004 EC (Vehicle Testing regulation 2004, Regulation 19)

Certificate of roadworthiness

Owner or User of the following vehicles without a certificate of roadworthiness:

(a) Vehicles used for the carriage of passengers with more than 8 seats, excluding the driver’s seat
(b) Goods vehicles
(c) Goods trailers and
(d) Ambulances

Direct summons to court; on summary conviction, a fine not exceeding €3,000 and/or imprisionment not exceeding 3 months.

Inculdes 5 penalty point

SI no. 771 of 2004 EC (Vehicle Testing regulation 2004, Regulation 20(1)

Production of certificate of roadworthiness


Failure by user of vehicle to produce certificate within 10 days to Garda Station having being requested to do so.

Direct summons to court; on summary conviction, a fine not exceeding €3,000 and/or imprisionment not exceeding 3 months.

Inculdes 5 penalty point

Road Traffic Act 1961

Section 20(10) (as amended)

Dangerous defect

Driving vehicle before remedying dangerous defect

On summary conviction, a fine not exceeding €2,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months and/or 3 penalty points

Road Traffic Act 1961 

Section 54

 

Defective vehicle

Owner or driver of a dangerously defective vehicle

On summary conviction, a fine not exceeding €2,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months and/or 5 penalty points

SI No 227 of 2003 EC

(Random Roadside Vehicle Inspection Regulations) (as amended by 2004 transposing Regulations

Direction of garda / inspector

Failure to comply with a direction of an inspector/garda or failure to stop and remain stationary

On summary conviction, fine not exceeding €3,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months

SI No 608 of  2011 EC

(Random Roadside Vehicle
Inspection) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Direction of garda / inspector

Failure to comply with a direction of an inspector/garda or failure to stop and remain stationary

On summary conviction, fine not exceeding €3,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months

 

The table above should not be treated as a legal interpretation of any law requirements. It is a matter for each operator, owner and driver to ensure that he or she complies with the applicable law.