Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT)

Registering machinery

Certain mobile machines are not required to be registered. These include mobile machines which are not a means of transport for either goods or passengers and are not based on a conventional truck chassis. Examples include:

  • road roller
  • road planer
  • road paver
  • back-hoe loader
  • digging machine
  • large mobile cranes
  • self-propelled mobile access platform (cherry picker – non-vehicle mounted).

Machinery which must be registered

A vehicle described as mobile machinery but on a conventional truck chassis is required to be registered. If there is CoC relating to a vehicle it is subject to EU type-approval. Any vehicle subject to EU type-approval is required to be registered. The normal registration procedure applies.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) should be contacted if a CoC is not available from the original manufacturer.

Concessionary Registration of self-propelled mobile machinery

Self-propelled mobile machinery which is not required to be registered may be registered by concession. In general a registration request for a mobile machine follows the normal registration procedure. However a CoC will not be available.

If a mobile machine is new a registration request must include:

  • a Declaration of Conformity under the Machinery Directive
  • and
  • a declaration from the manufacturer or distributor that the machine meets the requirements of the Road Traffic Regulations.

If the Mobile Machinery comes within the scope of the Non Road Mobile Machinery Directive, it must have the relevant Declaration of Conformity relating to the emissions.

If the vehicle has been used, but not registered, the documents outlined above are still required. A year index will be assigned based on the date of first entry into use.

If used and previously registered, the foreign registration document is required.

Presentation of self-propelled mobile machinery

Mobile machinery is required to be brought to the appointment at the NCTS Centre except for the following:

  • all mobile machinery over 5 tonnes
  • mobile cranes
  • bulldozers
  • dumpers
  • construction machinery.

Please confirm that a vehicle does not need to physically presented when making an appointment.

Photographs of the particular machinery item, including the VIN number, must be supplied.