If you have had your vehicle tested for roadworthiness and received an inspection sheet showing defects with Code 2 or 3, your vehicle has not passed the test. The vehicle must be reinspected and approved after the defects have been fixed.

When must your vehicle have obtained approval in a reinspection?

You can easily check when your vehicle needs to have obtained approval. Defects and deficiencies found must be fixed and approved:

  • no later than two months after the mandatory roadworthiness test was carried out, or
  • within the original deadline if this is the first to expire.

If the vehicle is not reinspected and approved by the deadline, it is illegal to use the vehicle.

Was your vehicle found to have deficiencies with Code 2?

You need to consider whether it is safe to use the vehicle until the defects have been fixed and the vehicle has been reinspected and approved. Examples of defects with Code 2 can be stone chips in the driver’s field of view on the windscreen, or a defective seat belt.

Was your vehicle found to have deficiencies with Code 3?

If so, there is a prohibition on the use of the vehicle - you are not allowed to use it until the defects have been fixed and the vehicle has been reinspected and approved. Examples of defects with Code 3 can be problems in the brakes or steering system that render the vehicle unsafe in traffic.

Where can I have the vehicle reinspected?

It is up to you if you want to have the vehicle reinspected in the same garage that carried out the roadworthiness test, or if you want to present it for reinspection at another garage authorised to carry out mandatory roadworthiness tests.

However, you cannot present your vehicle for an entirely new mandatory roadworthiness test at another garage.

What if I do not wish to fix the defects?

You may:

Do you wish to appeal against the result of the mandatory roadworthiness test?

If you wish to dispute the garage’s conclusions regarding the defects and deficiencies they have registered, you can contact the NPRA Regional Office, who may carry out a new test.