Getting ready for a D.O.E. Test


Commercial Vehicles need to pass a D.O.E. test so we have some tips about what you need to know writes Suzanne Keane 

If you’ve branched out into the world of commercial vehicles you might have escaped the need for an NCT but your pride and joy will have to pass a D.O.E. test instead!

So what is it?

It’s a roadworthiness test that’s carried out on commercial vehicles in Ireland – it can be known as a DOE, CVRT (Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test) or VTN (Vehicle Testing Network). Vehicles over one year old will need to be tested annually. The cost of the test varies depending on vehicle size.

There are 2 types of test –

  • LCV is for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight less than 3.500kg
  • HCV covers all vehicles over this weight


What do I need to do?

Book your test – Unlike the NCT, DOE tests are carried out in garages rather than NCT test centres so have a quick look online to see where your closest location is.

Check levels – Make sure your oil and coolant are topped up and that there’s water in the washer bottle.

Tyres – Obviously your tyres will need to comply with legal tread depth. They will also need to be in good condition and check that you’ve got the correct air pressure in the tyres!

Lights – Check that all your lights are working, including indicators, brake lights, reverse lights and number plate lights – if you don’t have help to check your rear lights find a big window to use as a mirror!

Clean – Make sure the vehicle is clean and tidy – no mechanic will look kindly at a dirty van!

Licence – you need to bring your driving licence to the test centre in order to have your vehicle tested!

For more information visit www.rsa.ie or to find your nearest test centre & book your test visit http://www.vehicletesting.ie/


 Suzanne Keane

13th April, 2015


Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for Retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @_suzannekeane

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