Vehicle and trailer requirements

Find out some of the main offences relevant to vehicle and trailer requirements

Legal instrument Offence description Penalty

SI No. 190 of 1963

Road Traffic(Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations, 1963
Regulation 19

 


 

Steering

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 20 – steering requirements

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Reversing gear

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 21 – reversing gear requirements

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Wings

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 22 –requirements for wings

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

View of road

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 23 – requirements for view of road

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Safety glass requirements

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of  Regulation 24 – safety glass requirements

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Windscreen wipers

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 25 – windscreen wiper requirements

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Driving mirrors

Failure by user while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 26 – requirements for driving mirrors

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Speedometer

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 27 - speedometer requirements

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Horn

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 28 – audible warning device requirements

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Exhaust Silencer

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 29 – silencer requirements

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Smoke emissions

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 30 – requirements on smoke emissions etc

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Locks

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 31 – means to prevent unauthorised driving

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Inessential Projections

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 32 – requirements on inessential projections

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 19

Maintenance

Failure by user or owner while vehicle and trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 34 – condition and maintenance requirements

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Combination of brakes

Failure by user while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 39 – requirements for combination of brakes

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Brakes  

Failure by user while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 40 – requirements for obligatory brakes on mechanically propelled vehicles

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Trailer brakes

Failure by user while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 41 – requirements for obligatory brakes on trailers

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Failure by user while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 41A – Fitting and performance requirements of braking systems of mechanically propelled vehicles and trailers after 1 June 2011 On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Combination brakes

Failure by user while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 42 – requirements for obligatory brakes on combination of vehicles

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Service brake

Failure by user while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 43 – requirements for service brake

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Parking brake

Failure, by user, while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 44 – requirements for parking brake

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Brakes

Failure by user while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 45 – miscellaneous requirements for vehicle and trailer brakes

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

SI No. 190 of 1963

Regulation 47

Brake performance

Failure by user while vehicle or trailer being used in a public place to comply with provisions of Regulation 46 - requirements for performance of brakes)

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

S.I. No. 272 of 2011

Applies to goods vehicles with a DGVW exceeding 7,500kg and goods trailers and semi-trailers with a DGVW exceeding 3,500kg, and which are capable of exceeding a speed of 50 km/h.

Spray Suppression

Using a goods vehicle first registered, or goods trailer or semi-trailer first licensed from 1st Sept 2011 on a public road without an approved spray suppression system being fitted on the relevant axles.

Also failure to maintain spray suppression systems in line with points 3-9 inclusive of Annex III of the Type Approval Directive.

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

 

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.