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# nct

This week
26th March 2023 - 29th March 2023
Union tells driving testers not to accept cars without valid NCT, against RSA stance
The requirement for a valid certificate was temporarily suspended because of Covid-19 delays.
This year
# Housing
Ireland should follow Denmark and require vacant properties to be rented out, Varadkar advised
The NESC report suggests an NCT-style system could be set up for rental properties to ensure minimum standards.
Almost 50k Learner drivers to wait 19 weeks for a test, says RSA
The national average waiting time for a driving test is currently 19 weeks, almost double the RSA’s target.
Last year
# national car test
Revealed: The makes, models and test centres with the highest (and lowest) NCT pass rates
Three of the top four cars are SUVs.
# Road Rage
'No appointment til August': Wait time for NCT is now stretching into the summer
The service has said Covid-19 causing significant staff absenteeism levels at test centres.
In January and February alone this year there were 36,000 test appointment cancellations.
Speaking to The Journal, Labour TD Duncan Smith described the delays as "unacceptable".
All time
# nct
NCT apologises after computer error sees 34,000 people given wrong certs for their vehicle
If your mode of transport had its certificate extended by four months because of Covid-19, you may be affected.
# Driving
Here's how the RSA's driving services and NCT services are affected under Level 5
Driver theory tests are being suspended for a period of six weeks.
# Covid-19
'We've been thrown to the lions': Taxi drivers could be off the road for weeks due to NCT delays
Some drivers can’t get NCT appointments before their taxi licence expires.
# back at the wheel
From Monday, 15 NCT service centres, and 20 NDLS centres will reopen
Here’s the list of centres that are opening again, and the rules in place if you’re using them.
# Extension
No need to worry if your NCT has just gone out of date - the Government's going to extend their expiration dates
The new measures are expected to be published in the coming days.
# Driving
NCT and other vehicle and licence services suspended until further notice
Shane Ross is looking at measures to extend the period of validity of licences and NCT certificates.
# Test centres
NCT remains open during coronavirus shutdown - but some customers aren't turning up anyway
Test centres have introduced measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
# Out of service
All defective NCT lifts won't be back in service until end of April as faults found in 85
85 of the country’s 106 NCT vehicle lifts are in need of repair.
Full NCT tests resume on limited basis at six centres around the country
The reinstated vehicle inspection lifts will only be used for taxi drivers and those who are due to undergo a driving test.
# nct
Motorists taking NCT will have to return at a later date to complete test and receive full certificate
If stopped by gardaí without a full NCT certificate, motorists are urged to show gardaí a report issued to them by the NCTS.
Part of NCT test suspended with immediate effect over safety checks on vehicle lifts
It comes one day after MOT testing in Northern Ireland was suspended due to similar issues.
# Testing
All testing of cars for North's equivalent of NCT cancelled due to 'lift faults'
The MOT is the Northern Ireland equivalent of the NCT.
# pass/fail
Here are the cars most likely to pass the NCT - Hyundai Trajet owners look away now
The oldest vehicle submitted for a NCT last year was a 1932 Rolls Royce which passed the test.
# Testing times
NCT contract worth €650 million up for grabs for ten years to 2030
Applus, the company which currently operates the test, made €6.5 million in profit last year, down 20% from 2016.
NCT firm right to fire test centre worker who allegedly told customer 'f**k off', WRC rules
The WRC found that the man’s unfair dismissal complaint against his formal employer “is not well founded”.
# buying advice
Looking for reliability? Here are the top 10 cars for passing the NCT first time
And they’re probably not the ones you’d expect.
# nct for tractors
'First of its kind' tractor-testing course launched
A new EU directive requires commercial tractors to undergo a special roadworthiness test.
# The beast from the east
What happens if you have to cancel your NCT or driving test due to The Beast?
What if you have to be on the road?
# Ah here
Gardaí caught a few people acting the maggot on Irish roads this weekend
A number of fines were issued.
# Unfair Dismissal
Airport worker awarded €50,000 after being sacked for refusing to drive uninsured vehicle
The man refused to drive a company vehicle that didn’t have tax, insurance or NCT discs.
# car check-up
5 of the most common NCT failures (and how to prevent against them)
These essential pre-test checks could save you time and money.
# nct
Here's the number one reason for vehicles failing the NCT
Motorists advised to build in a free tyre check at a reputable tyre outlet as part of pre-NCT checks.
# Altered State
Driver tries to forge their insurance disc, fails miserably
See if you can spot what the guards spotted.
# caught rapid
Disqualified driver caught drinking bottle of beer and using phone had no tax, insurance or NCT
Other than not wearing a seatbelt, there’s not many more offences left.
# road worthy
Here are the places where you're most likely to pass your NCT
Kilkenny had the highest pass rate in the country last year, while Clifden had the lowest.
# Operation Thor
Gardaí stop driver for wearing no seatbelt, find fake tax and insurance discs
It’s been a busy day for gardaí checking for valid tax and insurance.
# finger on the pulse
This is how a court case in Leitrim blew the latest garda scandal wide open
The massaging of figures is now feared to extend into other garda departments.
# sponsored by ford
QUIZ: How Much of a Car Expert Are You?
Vroom vroom – let’s find out.
# Jailed
Two men jailed for passing cars in NCT scam
The men were to get €100 between them for their role although no money was ever exchanged.
# clean sweep
Driver stopped for not wearing seatbelt - has no licence, insurance, NCT or tax
Their 4×4 was seized and they will appear in court.
# Dear Driver
Dear Driver: How can I tell when my car is due its NCT?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# that escalated quickly
Gardaí stop to help driver with flat tyre ... end up impounding car
The driver had no insurance, no NCT certificate or no tax.
# nct
How to get your car to pass the NCT
Do you know that half of all motors failed the test last year? Don’t be one of those…
# mahameters
Road safety boss hits back after RTÉ programme claims NCT test flawed
A RTÉ Investigation Unit programme questioned how tests were carried out on a car’s shock absorbers.
# Me Nerves
Every Irish motorist will identify with this gas sketch
Oh Jesus.