RSA Guidance on Temporary Measures for Commercial Vehicles & Drivers


The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a number of guidelines relating to Professional Drivers, Drivers’ Hours, Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness and Tachograph Cards

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis and in order to ensure a continuous flow of goods within the EU, drivers with valid Irish Driver CPC cards that are due to expire during the current Covid 19 outbreak will be granted an extension of a maximum of six months up to the 26th September 2020.  The RSA will adopt some discretion for cards that expired from week commencing the 9th of March but not before. This is not an amnesty for drivers who did not take training and allowed their CPC cards to expire. Please see here for more details.

Drivers’ hours

Temporary relaxation of EU driving and resting time rules due to COVID-19. See here

Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT)

The Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross and the RSA have confirmed that the Commercial Vehicle Testing System are suspended until further notice with immediate effect. This is in order to comply with the new public restrictions, announced by Government on Friday 27th of March, to tackle the spread of the Coronavirus.

Commercial vehicle owners have the responsibility to ensure their vehicle(s) are maintained in a roadworthy condition when used on a public road. Further information on vehicle maintenance can be found here. 

If your CVRT certificate has expired you can continue to drive provided your vehicle is roadworthy. Measures to address any issues arising from the suspension of these services will be announced shortly. Please see here for more details.

Tachograph Card Applications

The RSA are continuing to process Tachograph card applications without any current delays. Our processing team are working remotely which may result in delays going forward, but we will endeavour to keep any delays to a minimum. To assist with this, it is vital that all applications for driver cards are correctly completed and all requested supporting documentation being supplied is in order. The RSA recommends that applicants use the on-line digital tachograph system apply here rather than the traditional paper-based application forms.