Westside Autocare offers a FREE Pre CVRT Test.

We will also bring your vehicle to the Test Centre so that you can go about your business.

What is the CVRT?

The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) is a roadworthiness test for all commercial vehicles, buses with more than eight passenger seats and ambulances, all over one year old.  The CVRT confirms that a vehicle satisfies basic safety standards on the day the test is carried out.  It tests what is accessible and visible.  It does not confer a warranty as regards the condition of the vehicle.

Commercial Vehicle Testing is one component of the preventative measures we need to have safer vehicles on our roads.  In order to ensure that vehicles are kept in good and safe condition through their life, it is essential that they are  regularly maintained and serviced.  Commercial Vehicle Operators now have explicit obligations to have maintenance systems in place and to conduct daily walk around checks.

Prospective purchasers of used vehicles should always have the vehicle thoroughly and independently checked by a qualified person prior to purchase or else buy from an authorised dealer with a warranty.   For further information visit the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission website.

What the test examines

Only components that are visible and accessible can be assessed at the CVRT. These include:

  • Brakes
  • Lights and markings
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Steering and suspension
  • Chassis and underbody
  • Tachograph
  • Speed limiter
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Electrical systems
  • Glass and mirrors
  • Further information on the CVRT test items can be found in the relevant testers manuals.

Preparing for your CVR Test

Please prepare for the test by ensuring that:

  1. You check your vehicle engine for oil and water and ensure the windscreen washer is topped with water.
  2. Seats and cargo area are clear of personal belongings such as tool kits and that the cargo area is accessible to complete certain parts of the test.
  3. The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the under body).
  4. Wheel hubcaps are removed (in particular where it is not physically possible to otherwise check the wheel nuts) and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
  5. The engine is in a fit state to be tested e.g. Timing belt/chain has been replaced in line with your manufacturer`s guidance. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer at your chosen test centre.
  6. You check that the safety belts/ buckles are visible and working correctly. In the case of buses and other passenger vehicles you should make sure that you check belts and buckles for all passenger seats.
  7. Your registration plates are clean and comply with current regulations.
  8. The person who brings the vehicle for inspection brings identification with them in the form of a driving license or passport as failure to provide the required identification will result in the vehicle not being issued a CRW should the vehicle pass the test.
  9. Your vehicles temperature gauge is showing as “normal” prior to arriving at the test centre for inspection.