Farmers and hauliers with fast tractors, commercial jeeps or lorries will not have to complete a CVRT until further notice because all testing has been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

While an NCT covers car testing, the CVRT covers small goods vehicles, lorries and buses with more than eight passengers. Tractors that meet the 'fast tractor definition also have to undergo a CVRT.

“A ‘fast tractor’ is defined as a wheeled tractor in category T with a maximum design speed exceeding 40km/h,” according to the Road Safety Authority.

In-test period

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he was looking into measures that would extend the validity of the in-test period.

“It is critical that we give drivers as well as operators of commercial vehicles peace of mind in relation to the status of their licence, learner permit, NCT certificate or certificate of roadworthiness, especially if it has expired or is likely to expire during the period of the COVID-19 health crisis,” Minister Ross said.

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