Test Information

Test Information


All detailed test information,
including specifications can be found at the CVRT website.

Here we have provided you with the basic details and test information of the tests we carry out.

Mc Ardles Test Centre carry out tests from Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm.

As vehicle details must be uploaded to the CVRT system before tests commence,
all tests must be booked, and all payments taken in advance.
We will always endeavour as much as possible to fit in a test to suit our customers busy time schedules.


Why should you get your vehicle tested

Its the Law.

The legislation states that all commercial vehicles must be tested when they are over one years old and annually after that. So having your vehicle tested means avoidance of penalty points and fines.

You cannot tax your vehicle without it.

Only when you vehicle passes its test, will you receive a Certificate of Road Worthiness. The new CVRT system is now linked to the national vehicle tax records, so you can’t renew your tax without your CRW.

It improves the quality of vehicles on the road.

The CVR test makes sure that, every year, all commercial vehicles on the road have been thoroughly tested to stringent standards. This improves the quality of vehicles on the road and road safety.

It saves time and money.

The CVR test keeps the stock of commercial vehicles to a maintenance level, that reduces breakdowns and downtime, which saves time any money for their owners.

About CVRT


The cost of the Commercial vehicle roadworthiness test varies according to vehicle size.
Commercial Vehicle testing fees.

Re-testsTest Exame

All retests must be completed within 21 calendar days and within 4,000 kms of the initial test or you’ll need to repeat the full test.
A visual re-test is free, but a retest that requires a test lane has a fee that is half of the normal test fee. You should repair vehicle fail items immediately and present the vehicle for re-test as soon as possible.

What is the difference between CVRT , DoE, VTN ?

The actual test is now called a Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) but is still commonly referred to as a DoE (Department of Environment) Test.
The reason for this is that the Department of Environment originally introduced commercial vehicle testing . They have not been involved in its regulation for a number of years.
The network of commercial vehicle testing centres where you have your commercial vehicle tested are called Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test Operators previously known as Vehicle Testing Network (VTN).
This is a network of independently owned test centres currently licensed by the Local Authority in the area and are completely separate from the National Car Testing Service (NCT) network which only test cars.