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It does not purport to set out all legal obligations relating to the entry into service or type approval of motor vehicles and their systems, components and separate technical units. It is not, nor should it be treated as, a definitive or legal interpretation of the applicable law and its requirements.
|Legal Instruments||Description||Who is primarily applies to|
|S.I. No. 127 of 2009(PDF)– European Communities (Motor Vehicles Type Approval) Regulations 2009As last amended byS.I. No. 421 of 2011||As part of Ireland’s commitments on being part of the European Community it is obliged to have in place a system whereby approvals can be issued to vehicles or components which fulfil the safety and environmental standards set out in type approval directives. Member States are obliged to transpose motor vehicle type approval directives into national law and also recognise approvals granted in other Member States in order to remove barriers to trade. SI 127 of 2009 recognises the NSAI as the national approval authority for Ireland.||Manufacturers (or their authorised representative) of motor vehicles of categories M2, M3, N1, N2, N3, their trailers (O1, O2, O3, O4) and two or three-wheeled motor vehicles (category L), or the systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.|
|S.I. No. 158 of 2009(PDF)– European Communities (Road Vehicles: Type- Approval) Regulations 2009As last amended by S.I. No. 422 of 2011(PDF)||Since April 29th 2009, S.I. No. 158 of 2009 introduced in Ireland the system of type approval as set out in 2007/46/EC. SI 158 of 2009 replaces 127 of 2009 in respect of vehicles with four or more wheels on a staggered basis at various dates up until 2014. Currently only applies to M1 vehicles (passenger cars). When 158 is fully in force in respect of all vehicle categories to which Directive 2007/46/EC applies, SI 127 of 2009 will apply exclusively to motorcycles (two or three-wheeled motor vehicles under scope of 2002/24/EC applies).||Manufacturers, convertors and importers of new motor vehicles of category M1 or the systems, components or separate technical units intended for such vehicles. Sets the EC type approval and also the national approval requirements for M1 vehicles. Will apply to vehicles of categories M2, M3, N1, N2, N3, O1, O2, O3 and O4 from various dates up until 2014.|
|S.I. No. 157 of 2009(PDF)– European Communities (Road Vehicles: Entry into Service) Regulations 2009As last amended byS.I. No. 420 of 2011||Member State must have in place national instruments which mandate the minimum safety and environmental standards new vehicles must fulfil for first registration. This instrument introduced in Ireland the requirements of 2007/46/EC for first registration of passenger vehicles, goods vehicles and their trailers. Since 29 April 2009, all new passenger cars must have either EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) or national approval for individual vehicles (IVA) or vehicles produced in small series (NSSTA) in order to be registered in Ireland. At staggered dates up until October 2014, vehicles of other categories (with 4 or more wheels) will also require EC or national type approval before they can be registered or enter into service in Ireland. SI 157 of 2009 replaces SI 448 of 2007 in respect of vehicles with four or more wheels on a staggered basis at various dates up until 2014. Currently only applies to M1 vehicles (passenger cars).||Companies or individuals involved in the registration, sale or entry into service of new motor vehicles of category M1 (passenger cars) or the systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.|
|S.I. No. 448 of 2007(PDF)– European Communities (Mechanically Propelled Vehicle Entry Into Service) Regulations 2007As last amended byS.I. No. 234 of 2011(PDF)||These Regulations outline the requirements to be satisfied in relation to motor vehicle type-approval matters for the first registration of new passenger and goods vehicles manufactured in a series of more than 500 vehicles. These Regulations specify the EU motor vehicle type-approval directives for which certificates of conformity must be available for such a vehicle in order to put it into service in Ireland. These Regulations apply to passenger vehicles of categories M2 and M3 and goods vehicles of categories N1, N2 and N3.||Companies or individuals involved in the registration, sale or entry into service of new motor vehicles of categories; M2, M3, N1, N2, N3.|