Road Traffic (National Car Test) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

Year2023

S.I. No.4of2023

Road Traffic (National Car Test) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

I, EAMON RYAN, Minister for Transport, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 18 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (No. 24 of 1961) and section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 2006 (No. 23 of 2006) (as adapted by the Transport, Tourism and Sport (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 351 of 2020) for the purpose of giving further effect to Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2021/1717 of 9 July 2021 1amending Directive 2014/45/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 2hereby make the following regulations:

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Road Traffic (National Car Test) (Amendment) Regulations 2023.

2. The Road Traffic (National Car Test) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 415 of 2017) are amended by the substitution of the following Schedule for Schedule 3:

Schedule 3

Part 1

Items to be tested and reasons for refusal of a test certificate.

Item

Method

Reasons for refusal

Assessment of deficiencies

Minor

Major

Dangerous

0. IDENTIFICATION OF THE VEHICLE

0.1. Registration Plates

Visual Inspection

Dimensions and format are set down in S.I No. 318 of 1992.

(a). One or both plates missing, so insecure that they are likely to fall off.

X

(b). Numbers or letters missing, illegible or wrong size.

X

(c). Numbers, letter or background of incorrect colour.

X

(d). Marks, other than those prescribed, on the plate within the boundary.

X

(e). Not in accordance with vehicle documents or records.

X

(f). Number plate damaged, obstructed, faded, dirty, delaminated, deteriorated or obscured so that it is likely to be misread or is not easily legible.

X

0.2 VIN (Chassis Number)

Visual Inspection

(a). Missing or not legible on chassis/frame.

X

(b). Incomplete, illegible, obviously falsified, or does not match the vehicle documents/NCTS data.

X

(c). Illegible vehicle documents or clerical inaccuracies.

X

0.5: Modifications 2Report (where required)

Visual inspection.

Modification report format set down in Schedule 4.

(a). Not presented or incomplete.

X

(b). Not in the acceptable format as per current tester manual.

X

(c). Does not correspond with modifications2 identified by tester.

X

(d). Not acceptable (e.g., report includes an expiry date).

X

(e). Modification2 report required.

X

(f). Letter from manufacturer/authorised distributor not presented where required.

X

(g). Modifications 2 report required for repairs carried out.

X

1. BRAKING EQUIPMENT

1.1: Mechanical condition and operation

1.1.1. Service brake pedal/hand lever pivot

Visual inspection of the components while the braking system is operated.

Note: Vehicles with power- assisted braking systems should be inspected with the engine switched off.

(a). Pivot too tight so its functionality is affected.

X

(b). Excessive wear or play in mounting/bush.

X

1.1.2: Pedal / hand lever condition and travel of the brake operating device

Visual inspection of the components while the braking system is operated.

Note: Vehicles with power- assisted braking systems should be inspected with the engine switched off.

(a). Pedal travel is excessive, obstructed, or insufficient reserve travel.

X

(b). Service brake anti-slip provision is missing, loose, worn to the extent that it is no longer effective.

X

(c). Brake control not releasing correctly.

X

(d). Mounting is insecure, badly corroded or worn to the extent that the pedal can be moved from side to side.

X

(e). In hydraulic systems, the pedal tends to creep down, or is felt to be spongy when held depressed.

X

(f). In systems assisted by vacuum from engine, with pedal depressed and the engine started, no dip is felt in brake pedal.

X

(g). Travel in the brake pedal indicates air in the brake system or brakes are in need of adjustment.

X

1.1.4: Low pressure warning gauge or indicator (where fitted)

Functional check

(a). Malfunctioning or defective gauge or indicator.

X

(b). Low pressure warning gauge or indicator cannot be seen/ heard when air/vacuum is depleted.

X

1.1.6: Parking brake activator, lever control, parking brake ratchet, electronic parking brake

Visual inspection of the components while the braking system is operated.

(a). Ratchet and pawl mechanism (where fitted) is missing, insecure, damaged, or sticking, not holding correctly.

X

(b). Wear at lever pivot or in ratchet mechanism.

X

(c). Excessive wear at lever pivot or in ratchet mechanism.

X

(d). Knocking the top or sides of the lever releases the brake.

X

(e). Excessive movement of lever indicating incorrect adjustment or movement is obstructed.

X

(f). Electronic park brake activator missing, damaged or inoperative.

X

(g). Malfunction indicator light not working, not going through the correct sequence or indicates any kind of failure of the system.

X

(h). Lever/lever mounting is missing, fractured, badly worn, or corroded, insecure or mounting unsatisfactory.

X

1.1.7: Braking valves (foot valves, unloaders, governors)

Visual inspection of the components while the braking system is operated.

(a). Valve damaged or excessive air leak.

X

(b). Valve damaged or excessive air leak that its functionality is affected.

X

(c). Excessive oil discharge from compressor.

X

(d). Valve insecure or inadequately mounted.

X

(e). Hydraulic fluid discharge or leak.

X

(f). Excessive hydraulic fluid discharge or leak(s) that its functionality is affected.

X

1.1.9: Energy storage reservoir pressure tank

Visual inspection.

(a). Tank slightly damaged or slightly corroded.

X

(b). Tank excessively damaged, corroded or leaking.

X

(c). Drain device operation affected.

X

(d). Drain device inoperative.

X

(e). Tank insecure or inadequately mounted.

X

1.1.10: Brake servo units, valves, master cylinder, (hydraulic systems)

Visual inspection of the components while the braking system is operated, if possible.

(a). Servo/valve(s) is insecure or defective, damaged, or badly corroded, sticking, leaking, brake performance not impaired.

X

(b). Servo is non-operative, brake performance impaired.

X

(c). Master cylinder/reservoirs defective but brake performance not impaired.

X

(d). Master cylinder/reservoirs defective and non- operative or leaking brake performance impaired.

X

(e). Brake master cylinder/reservoirs are insecurely mounted or mounting panel is cracked but brake performance not impaired.

X

(f). Master cylinder/reservoirs defective and nonoperative or leaking, brake performance impaired.

X

(g). Insufficient brake fluid below MIN mark (less than half full or is below manufacturer’s “minimum” level).

X

(h). Brake fluid significantly below MIN mark.

X

(i). No brake fluid visible.

X

(j). Reservoir cap is leaking or cap missing.

X

(k). Brake fluid warning light illuminated or defective.

X

(l). Incorrect functioning of brake fluid level warning device.

X

(m). Any obviously unsafe repair or modification 2 to brake master cylinder/ servo/valves/connections.

X

(n). Master cylinder insecure and brake performance impaired.

X

1.1.11: Rigid brake pipes

Visual inspection of the components while the braking system is operated, if possible.

(a). Imminent risk of failure or fracture.

X

(b). Leaks are present in pipes or connections.

X

(c). Are perished, kinked, damaged, or rusted to the extent that the pipe is pitted.

X

(d). Are unsatisfactorily mounted (or misplaced) with the possibility of failing.

X

(e). A pipe is fouling moving parts.

X

(f). Inadequate repairs have been carried out to pipes or unsuitable fittings are present 2.

X

(g). Pipes damaged or excessively corroded that braking performance is affected.

X

1.1.12: Flexible brake hoses

Visual inspection of the components while the braking system is operated, if possible.

(a). Imminent risk of failure or fracture.

X

(b). Hoses perished, porous, kinked, twisted, too short or excessively damaged or chafed.

X

(c). Leaks are present in hoses or connections.

X

(d). A hose is bulging under pressure.

X

(e). A hose is bulging under pressure (Cord impaired).

X

(f). Hoses are unsatisfactorily mounted (or misplaced) with the possibility of failing.

X

(g). A hose is fouling moving parts.

X

(h). Inadequate repairs have been carried out to pipes or hoses or unsuitable fittings are present.

X

1.1.13: Brake linings and pads

Visual inspection.

(a). Lining or pad excessively worn/warning light illuminated (minimum mark reached).

X

(b). Lining or pad excessively worn (minimum mark not visible).

X

(c). Lining or pad contaminated (oil, grease etc.).

X

(d). Lining or pad contaminated that braking performance is affected.

X

(e). Lining or pad missing or wrongly mounted.

X

(f). Linings or pads are incorrectly adjusted.

X

1.1.14: Brake drums, brake discs

Visual inspection.

(a). Drum or disc worn.

X

(b). Drum or disc, excessively worn, scored, cracked, insecure or so fractured that failure is imminent.

X

(c). A drum / disc is contaminated (oil, grease, etc.).

X

(d). A drum / disc is contaminated that braking performance is affected.

X

(e). Drum, disc, or back plate missing.

X

(f). Back plate loose, damaged or insecure.

X

(g). Dirt shield / dust cover loose or insecure.

X

(h). Insufficient contact between brake pad and brake disc.

X

1.1.15: Brake cables, rods, levers, linkages

Visual inspection of the components while the braking system is operated, if possible.

(a). A brake rod / lever / cable / linkage / pivot is missing, damaged, cracked, corroded, knotted, seized, obstructed, or worn.

X

(b). A brake rod / lever / cable / linkage / pivot is missing, damaged, cracked, corroded, knotted, seized, obstructed, or worn that braking performance is affected.

X

(c)...

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