Inishowen’s only Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness [CVR] test centre has closed.
Inishowen drivers seeking tests face a roundtrip of more than 80 miles from north Inishowen to Letterkenny to have their goods vehicles inspected.
Vehicles over one year old must be tested annually. The CVR facility operated out of Central Motors in Muff for many years.
The testing requirement covers commercial goods vehicles; commercial goods trailers; commercially used fast tractors; and buses with more than eight passenger seats, among other vehicles.
It’s understood that the service could resume in Inishowen in the near future. Negotiations are underway with another local garage to offer CVR tests.
A spokesperson for the Road Safety Authority, the body which oversees CVR testing in Ireland, said that private businesses provide the testing service.
“Authorised CVR test operators are privately-owned businesses who employ authorised CVR testers to carry out testing on authorised testing lanes,” they said.
“A CVR test operator may decide to close their privately-owned business at any time by giving notice to the Authority.”