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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 28 Nov 1990

Vol. 403 No. 2

Written Answers. - Compulsory Vehicle Testing.

Eric J. Byrne


43 Mr. Byrne asked the Minister for the Environment if, in view of the continuing serious level of accidents, he will consider the introduction of compulsory vehicle testing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

At present compulsory annual roadworthiness testing applies to about 46,000 heavy goods vehicles and trailers, buses, ambulances and taxis over one year old. A step by step approach to the extension of compulsory testing to other categories of vehicles is favoured. Under EC Directive 88/449/EEC of 26 July 1988, I will shortly make regulations requiring the compulsory testing of light goods vehicles over four years old every two years. This extension will be phased in over two years, starting on 1 January 1994. About 38,000 light goods vehicles will be affected.

A draft EC Directive on compulsory testing of private cars would require that cars over five years old should be tested every two years. I am keeping the question of compulsory car testing under review in the light of relevant developments, including those at EC level.