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Consultation to give vintage cars roadworthiness test launched

Owners of vintage vehicles are being asked for their input by the RSA in a move that could change the way the roadworthiness of the vehicles is decided.

Image: vintage cars via shutterstock

A PUBLIC CONSULTATION has been launched today that could see more vintage cars back on the roads.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is consulting interested parties, including owners, clubs and associations, over the testing of the roadworthiness of vintage vehicles.

The consultation specifically will be looking at the way that pre-1980 vehicles are examined. The proposal is that vehicles are to be reviewed against the standards to which they were originally built.

This review of the legislation is in accordance with Action 59 of the government’s 2013-2020 Road Safety Strategy to determine the benefits of amending the roadworthiness requirements for vehicles in Ireland.


While owners will not be legally obliged to have their vehicles tested, those who wish to submit them for road safety or insurance testing will be accommodated to do so.

An exemption to road testing for vintage vehicles used for social and domestic purposes is also being considered.

The RSA’s policy in relation to road safety requires as many vehicles as possible to undergo roadworthiness testing.

Feedback from the consultation will be put to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohue.

The consultation document can be viewed through the RSA’s website and is open for submissions until 14 November.

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