Wednesday, 24 November 1999
Dáil Éireann Debate
89. Mr. Yates asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the vehicle standards that will apply to vintage hire cars with a PSV licence for specialist but restricted work such as services relating to weddings; if these cars, often built in the 1950s, will have a different requirement for the MOT than non-vintage cars; and, if so, the requirements that will be put in place. [24695/99]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Molloy): Public service vehicles, in common with other mechanically propelled vehicles, are subject to regulations in force under section 11 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 relating to the construction, equipment and use of vehicles. There are no special exemptions under these regulations for vintage cars.
Private vintage cars will, subject to stated conditions, be exempted from the requirements of the forthcoming national car test. However, vintage cars used as public service vehicles will remain subject to a vehicle fitness test by an Garda Síochána, pending later transfer of such vehicle testing to the new national car test.
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