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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 24 November 2021

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Questions (52)

Carol Nolan

Question:

52. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Transport if consideration has been given by the Road Safety Authority regarding the suspension of in-person vehicle and technical inspections of transport operators or businesses in view of concerns from some operators that this may increase the risk of acquiring Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57711/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) services have been classified as essential services as provided for under Part 2, Item 14(w) of the Schedule to the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 10) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 701 of 2020). Accordingly, testing is continuing as normal and all commercial vehicle testing centres are currently fully operational. There are no plans to suspend or interrupt the service at present.

I would reassure the Deputy that the Road Safety Authority has advised that detailed measures have been put in place by each individual CVRT test centre operator to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 and protect staff and customers who come to the testing centre.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that any vehicle with a valid Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRW) on or after 28 March 2020 has had their next test due date extended by 3 months. I understand that the Road Safety Authority has not issued revised CRWs for these vehicles but new CRW expiry dates/test due dates for applicable vehicles may be checked online by visiting www.cvrt.ie.

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