We all share the road we all have a responsibility

  • SIMI What We Do

    As a key stakeholder, the Motor Industry has an important part to play in helping to promote safety on our roads.

    From the vehicles we sell, to the repairs we undertake, to the parts we fit and the vehicles we test we all have a responsibility to carry out our duties to the highest standard.

    As a motorist you too have a responsibility to ensure that the vehicle you are driving is safe. Car maintenance and servicing are often viewed as a discretionary item. The reality is that car servicing is perhaps the most important spending on your car because it is focused at making sure that your car is safe for you and your family to travel in and for other road users and pedestrians.

    Although speed, driver error, drink driving and fatigue are identified as the major causes in serious road accidents, the consequences are multiplied when the car has safety related faults and may result in serious injury or death that might be avoided if the car is safely maintained.

    Your Vehicle's Roadworthiness

    It is your responsibility

    Keep your car in a safe and roadworth condition.

    Road Safety we all have a part to play

    Pedestrian, Cyclist, Motorist

    The road is for everyone to travel on and in doing so each day by whatever means we travel we all must observe the rules of the road.  

  • Road Safety Categories 

    Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to road safety.
    The following categories provide an overview of areas motorists should pay attention too.  

    Your Vehicle

    Servicing Your Car

    Your car is an asset. Servicing your car on a regular basis, can not only save you money by preventing the need for major repairs but when you do go to sell or trade in your car, its value will have been maintained. A regular maintenance routine will go a long way towards extending the life of your car and assure your vehicle’s roadworthiness for years to come.


    General Checks you should do

    • Oil Level
    • Tyre Pressure
    • Coolant Level
    • Washer Bottle Level
    • Lights  
      (ensure all bulbs are working)



    National Car Testing

    The National Car Test (NCT) was first introduced in 2000.
    The NCT is a compulsory vehicle inspection programme in Ireland. The primary aim of this programme which falls under the directive 2009/40/EC, is to improve road safety and enhance environmental protection by reducing harmful vehicles emissions in Ireland.
    Applus+ is the company responsible for testing.


    An NCT Certificate confirms that the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition at the time the test.

    0-3 years no test required
    4-9 years every two years
    10 years plus (10th anniversary) annually, from June 2011

    Further info on NCT click here

    Car Seats

    Are they fitted correctly?

    The RSA are currently running a campaign 'Check it Fits' Service which aims to save lives by ensuring that child seats are properly fitted in cars. The ‘Check it Fits’ team help parents and guardians to correctly fit their child car seats. The service which is free of charge will be travelling all over Ireland.

    3 out of 4 child car seats are incorrectly fitted in cars and an incorrectly fitted child car seat could lead to serious injury or death in the event of a collision.


    Do you know?

    • Children under 3 years of age must not travel in a car or goods vehicle (other than a taxi) unless restrained in the correct child seat
    • Children aged 3 yrs or over who are under 150cms in height and weighing less than 36 kilograms (i.e. generally children up to 11/12 yrs old) must use the correct child seat, booster seat or booster cushion when travelling in cars or goods vehicles
    • Children over 3 yrs of age must travel in a rear seat in vehicles not fitted with safety belts rearward-facing child car seats must NEVER be used in the front passenger seat of cars with an active airbag
    • Child car seats must be in accordance with EU or United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) standards
    • Drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure passengers aged under 17 use the correct seat, booster seat, booster cushion or seatbelt
  • How SIMI are helping to raise Standards

    Members within the SIMI are helping to raise standards within our Industry.

    Crash Repairs

    CSS Certified Steel Standard

    CSS - Certified Steel Standard, is the new bodyshop standards programme of SIMI. While there are many approved and accredited bodyshops operating in Ireland, there has never been a national Irish standard and CSS is the first of its kind for vehicle bodyrepairers who undertake to repair crash damaged vehicles.

    The standard incorporates the industry agreed technical specification for the process of vehicle body repair. It outlines the processes and procedures directly related to the safe repair of accident damaged vehicles.


    CSS Certifies:

    • Staff Qualifications
    • Repair Systems & Specifications
    • Equipment and Parts
    • Repairer's Insurance Cover
    • SIMI Complaints Service 

    To find your nearest CSS Repairer click here

    Commercial Testers

    Testing for Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness

    Commercial Vehicles over one year old are tested annually and must pass a Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT).
    The reason commercial vehicles are tested is to insure that they are roadworth, its the law and a vehicle can not be taxed without the CVRT cert.

    There are two types of commercial vehicle tests, one for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) and one for Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCVs).

    Many of our members are HGV and LGV Commercial Vehicle Tester Centres. For further details on Commerical testing and how it works click here



    SIMI's Autosure Professional Register was developed to promote driver awareness as to the importance of regular vehicle maintenance and to highlight the benefits and peace of mind that comes from servicing your vehicle with an SIMI member garage.

    These guidelines aim to promote awareness of the necessity to service your car. Your car is an asset. Servicing your car on a regular basis, can not only save you money by preventing the need for major repairs but when you do go to sell or trade in your car, its value will have been maintained. A regular maintenance routine will go a long way towards extending the life of your car and assure your vehicle’s roadworthiness for years to come.

    For more information click here

  • Car Maintenance

    It's your legal responsibility to look after your car so that its in a safe and road worthy condition to drive.

    The RSA have developed a series of videos which demonstrate how you can carry out basic checks to your car. View the video below for details

    As a car owner there are some basic vehicle maintenance checks that you should do between services. You have a legal responsibility to look after and maintain your car to a safe and road worthy condition.

    The Road Safety Authority have produced a 12 Checks booklet which outlines how to carry out 12 checks that help to keep your vehicle in working order such as checking your 1. Tyres, 2. Battery, 3. Lights, 4 Engine oil, 5. Coolant and Antifreeze, 6. Power Steering Fluid, 7. Brake Fluid, 8. Windscreen Wash, 9. Windscreen and Wipers, 10. Safety Kit, 11. Tool Kit and 12. Warning Lights..

  • Download your Guide to Tyre Safety 

  • Second Hand Tyres

    RSA & SIMI Campaign

    Second-hand (part worn) tyres

    CLICK HERE:  For further information

    The safety of a tyre is directly related to how long it has been used for. So if you’re thinking of buying second hand tyres, remember what they could cost you.

    In its latest campaign the RSA has highlighted the cost and potential danger of buying second hand (part-worn) tyres. Second-hand or part-worn tyres are tyres which have been used on another vehicle. Such tyres can pose a serious road safety risk. The history of a second hand tyre is relatively unknown - it could have been involved in a crash or have internal damage, which may not be visible once fitted to your vehicle. Even if these tyres meet the minimum thread depth requirements, they may not uphold in an emergency braking or steering situation.

  • Tyre Safety

    Your car your responsibility.

    A report launched Monday 4th April 2016 by the RSA, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD and An Garda Síochána along with the launched a major tyre safety awareness campaign. The report revealed that vehicle factors played a role in 1 in 8 (101) fatal collisions in the period 2008 to 2012. Defective tyres were the most significant factor, representing almost two thirds (64.1% or 66) of all vehicle factors identified. This was revealed at the launch of a landmark new report ‘Pre-Crash Report on Vehicle Factors in Fatal Collisions’1, the first of its kind in Ireland, which analysed An Garda Síochána Forensic Collision Investigation reports in order to identify the main contributory factors in collisions on Irish roads
    983 fatal collisions occurred on Irish roads between 2008 and 2012, claiming the lives of 1,077 people. The forensic details of 867 fatal collisions were analysed to identify the cause of the collision – of these, 858 involved a motorised vehicle. Vehicle factors, such as defective tyres, brakes, steering or suspension, were found to have contributed to 101 of these fatal collisions, in combination with behavioural factors such as speeding, alcohol or drug use. Defective tyres were the most significant factor, representing almost two thirds (64.1% or 66) of all vehicle factors identified as contributory to the collision. The report also found that defective brakes were also a contributory factor in road collisions between 2008 and 2012, contributing to 18 deaths and 6 serious injuries in collisions where a vehicle had defective brakes. The report also found that over half (51.5%) of the tyres on the 66 vehicles with defective tyres were excessively or dangerously worn and 10.6% were underinflated, some dangerously low. 6% were a combination of excessively worn, underinflated, the wrong size or fitted in the wrong direction.
    The RSA and An Garda Síochána are advising road-users to get their tyres checked regularly at Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) and SIMI-registered garages and give themselves the peace of mind that their tyres are roadworthy. Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority said: “This report shows that tyres are the parts of your car that are most likely to put you at risk of a fatal collision if they’re not roadworthy.”

    A recent survey of driver behaviour conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes 2 for the RSA found that over half (53%) of drivers surveyed had experienced problems with their tyres in the past five years. Even more worryingly, one third of drivers had experienced such problems while driving. This was more pronounced among those who drive on major roads, drive for work or are aged 34 or younger. This is despite 82% of drivers stating that they know how to check the air pressure in their tyres and 73% stating they know how to check the tread depth.
    To highlight the dangers of driving with defective tyres, the RSA has launched a powerful new TV, radio, cinema and online advertising campaign entitled ‘Grip’. The purpose of the ad is to make people aware that tyres are the one point of contact their car has with the road.

    SIMI through our road safety committee will be working along side the RSA during this campaign. For more information on th campaign visit the RSA's website

  • Vehicle Safety Message

    From the Road Safety Authority

  • European Day Without A Road Death

    Project Edward

    21st September 2017

    An Garda Siochana and the RSA support European Day without a Road Death (Project Edward) organised by the traffic police network in Europe. The Aim of the project is that no one should die on the roads of Europe on Wednesday 21st September, they are asking you to think about how you use the roads. Small actions can lead to significant, life-changing improvements.You have the power to make a real difference by simply behaving as a responsible safe road user every time you use the roads.

    You can pledge your support to project Edward and do your bit to reduce risk and improve safety for the people who use our roads. Road safety is a shared responsibility, none of us has the right to behave in a way the endangers others. You may think it's ok to drive a little bit above the speed limit, or just to have a couple of drinks and drive home. But the tragic reality is that these actions could have serious and devastating consequences for others.

  • Car Manufacturers 

    Creating to safer cars


    360°-view technology key to Volvo Cars’ goal of no fatal accidents by 2020

    By popular demand, Volvo Car Ireland launches its highly successful Volvo Car LifePaint product http://www.volvocars.ie/lifepaint - a reflective spray aimed at increasing the visibility and safety of pedestrians and cyclists on the road. It is available to purchase at all Volvo dealers.


    The unique reflective spray, is designed to react to a car’s headlights, alerting drivers to the presence of pedestrians or cyclists in the dark.


    Volvo Cars LifePaint is a unique illuminating safety paint which is invisible by daylight, but in the dark reflects light in the same direction as the light source, shining brightly to illuminate the objects it has been sprayed on. Volvo Cars LifePaint is transparent and can be washed off. It can be applied to clothes, shoes and backpacks – even dog leads and collars. Its aim is to make the invisible visible at night. Volvo has secured a further partnership with the makers of the product, Swedish start-up Albedo100 to distribute the product through its dealer network.


    360°-view technology key to Volvo Cars’ goal of no fatal accidents by 2020

    Video about the technologies developed in the Non-Hut Car and Truck project. The system described in the video is able to provide a complete 360° view of the environment and perceive any potentially threatening objects that drivers would otherwise not be able to see. The 360° view is enhanced by the manoeuvre generator, a new safety feature that uses software to identify collision-free escape routes in all traffic scenarios. The system, which works by constantly analysing threats around the car, can even assist drivers with auto-braking and steering. The technology will help to reach the 2020 Vision, noone should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.
    See video

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  • Gallery

    Pictured: Liz O'Donnell Alan Nolan SIMI, Moyagh Murdock RSA


    The Society continues to work with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) on many projects. The RSA has made an invaluable contribution in their ongoing work to educate the country on the importance of road safety and save lives.

    Members helping to spread the Road Safety Message 

    Michael Redmond Service Manager on the left and the customer is John Watson.

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