The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has today, 31st March 2010 launched a public consultation undertaking a review of motor caravan roadworthiness testing. As part of this review the RSA is consulting with owners of motor caravans, individuals and organisations who sell and hire motor caravans, the general public and other stakeholder groups who have an interest in the safe operation of such vehicles on Irish roads. The consultation document can also be downloaded from the RSA website www.rsa.ieunder the “Publications” tab.
RSA policy, to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road, is to require as many vehicle categories as possible to undergo periodic roadworthiness testing. Every owner and driver is obliged to ensure that their vehicle is roadworthy and in compliance with the law. Roadworthiness testing is a preventative measure which helps ensure that vehicles using our roads are in sound working order. It is a mandatory requirement throughout the EU and is governed by EC Directive 2009/40/EC which sets out the requirements for testing of motor vehicles and trailers and only exempts from testing vehicles owned by the armed forces, police and fire services. In light of this the RSA wish to revise our national roadworthiness testing regulations to ensure that an appropriate test is mandated for Motor Caravans.
You can submit your comments on or before 12th May 2010 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Vehicle Standards, Road Safety Authority, Moy Valley Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co Mayo. Please mark the envelope “Motor Caravan Consultation”.