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28 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Majority of RSA services are suspended until further notice

Resumption of Service for Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT)

The Commercial Vehicle Testing System are resuming service, see here for more details.  Vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March have that test date extended by 3 months. Please see here for more information.

Commercial vehicle owners have the responsibility to ensure their vehicle(s) are maintained in a roadworthy condition when used on a public road. Further information on vehicle maintenance can be found here.

 

Reopening of Road Safety Authority (RSA) services

At present the majority of RSA services are suspended until further notice. Following the publication of the Government’s road map for the lifting of Covid19 restrictions, we are studying this document and looking at when services might be able to reopen.
We will also need to consult with the relevant authorities and stakeholders to ensure the reopening of any services meets the government’s and health authorities’ guidelines to prevent the further spread of Covid19. As soon as this is completed, we will then be able to update the public on when services will restart. We do envisage that when services reopen it will firstly be on a limited basis, with new protocols in place to meet health guidelines and where customers may need to be prioritised.

 

For Frequently Asked Questions on the extension to the period of validity of official documents in relation to the Vehicle Testing, Driver Licensing, and Related Services see links to each service below;

For Frequently Asked Questions  on COVID-19 and all RSA services please see here

  

Driving Tests

All Driving Tests are currently suspended until further notice.  Checkhere for more information.

 

Driver Theory Test (DTT)

The Driver Theory Test Service is suspended until further notice to COVID-19. The period of validity for the driver theory test certificate due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months. Please see here for more information.

Candidates who have a driver theory test scheduled will be contacted to notify them that their test will be rescheduled free of charge when the service resumes. Updates around the re-starting of tests will be published on www.theorytest.ie

Prometric has advised that it will continue to provide a service in emergency cases and arrangements for this will be published on their website www.theorytest.ie

See here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the Driver Theory Test.

 

National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)

The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) is suspended until further notice. Driving licenses and Learner Permits due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months. Please see here for more information.

Please see ndls.ie  for all other information relating to the National Driver Licence Service.

 

Enforcement Activities - Desk based assessments

Due to the travel restrictions imposed  by the Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RSA Transport Officers have commenced carrying out desk-based assessments on tachograph and drivers' hours records pertaining to the year ending 31 Dec 2019 without the need to attend at your premises.

Should you be chosen for one of these assessments you will be contacted by an RSA Transport Officer by phone, who will then send you further instructions in a follow up email. If you are in doubt as to the legitimacy or these calls or emails you may contact our customer care team on 1890 40 60 40 to verify the credentials of the Transport Officer who has contacted you.  

Drivers hours

The temporary derogation from certain rules concerning the driving and resting times for drivers of commercial vehicles will, as previously advised, expire on 31 May. From 1 June 2020, operators and drivers must comply with the normal rules applicable to driving and resting times for drivers of commercial vehicles. See here for more details

 

National Car Testing Service (NCTS)

The National Car Testing Service (NCT) is suspended until further notice. Vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March 2020 have that test date extended by 4 months. Please see here for more information.

Please see here for more information on the suspension of the NCTS.

 

RSA’s guidance on fitting Perspex panels or other physical barriers to the interior of a vehicle during the Covid19 pandemic

If you are considering fitting your vehicle with perspex panels or any other physical barriers during the Covid19 pandemic, you should contact the vehicle’s original manufacturer or authorised distributor. They are best placed to advise if there are any safety implications or if it is possible to carry out the proposed fitting without affecting the performance of the vehicle’s safety features, e.g. airbags etc. You must also ensure that such any installation does not present a danger to the driver, occupants or any other road user. It is important to remember that, under Irish road traffic regulations it is the responsibility of the owner and or driver to ensure that their vehicle is maintained in a roadworthy condition at all times when used in a public place.

Glazing for motor vehicles must meet with the requirements of UNECE Regulation 43 - Uniform provisions concerning the approval of safety glazing materials and their installation on vehicles. This Regulation sets out standards for safety glazing materials intended for installation as windscreens or other panes, or as partitioning. See extract below taken from this regulation regarding the general requirements for safety glazing;

General Requirements
6.1. All glazing materials, including glazing material for the manufacture of windscreens, shall be such that, in the event of shattering, the danger of bodily injury is reduced as far as possible. The glazing material shall be sufficiently resistant to the incidents likely to occur in normal traffic, and to atmospheric and temperature conditions, chemical action, combustion and abrasion.
6.2. Safety glazing materials shall in addition be sufficiently transparent, shall not cause any noticeable distortions of objects as seen through the windscreen, and shall not give rise to any confusion between the colours used in road-traffic signs and signals. In the event of the windscreen's shattering, the driver shall still be able to see the road clearly enough to be able to brake and stop his vehicle safely.

Please note the regular light transmittance in the case of a windscreen and other glazing that is located in a position requisite for driving visibility shall not be less than 70%.

It should be noted that if such panels or glazing is being fitted to a vehicle that is used for ‘hire and reward’ i.e. commercial purposes it is classed as a work place environment and will be governed by health and safety legislation. It may be useful to contact the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) for information on additional health and safety / legal obligations that arise on this issue. See here their webpage on Driving for Work and their contact details here

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis, professional bus and truck drivers may encounter some difficulty in undertaking their annual CPC training at the current time.

Directive 2003/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council[1] lays down rules applicable to the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers. Those drivers must hold a certificate of professional competence and must prove they have completed the periodic training by holding a driving licence or a driver qualification card, on which the training is registered. Due to the difficulties in completing the periodic training and in renewing certificates of professional competence certifying that training as a consequence of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, which started as of 1 February 2020 in some Member States, it is necessary to extend the validity of those certificates for six months after their expiry date, in order to ensure the continuity of road transport.

It is important to note that no new or replacement cards will be issued with the new temporary expiry date.
 
Drivers will then be required to complete any outstanding periodic training.   On completion of the required training, renewal Driver CPC card’s will be issued as normal with an expiry date of 5 years from the date of expiry of their current Driver CPC card.

This is not an amnesty for drivers who did not take training and allowed their CPC cards to expire.

Tachograph Card Applications

The RSA are continuing to process Tachograph card applications without any current delays. Our processing team are working remotely which may result in delays going forward, but we will endeavour to keep any delays to a minimum. To assist with this, it is vital that all applications for driver cards are correctly completed and all requested supporting documentation being supplied is in order. The RSA recommends that applicants use the on-line digital tachograph system apply here rather than the traditional paper-based application forms.


Education Services

The following RSA education services have been suspended until further notice

  • The Check it fits , see here for more information
  • The National Road Safety Education Service
  • The Interactive Road Safety Shuttle
  • Roll Over Simulator

 

 

The RSA refers you to the HSE Coronavirus- COVID-19 Public Health Advice and Guidance as per the following link; https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html