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Full NCT inspections to resume at eight centres

Underbody vehicle inspections will recommence at eight of the busiest centres around the country in the coming week.

Applus+, who operates the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) confirmed the news, and said this follows the delivery and planned installation of new vehicle lifts.

Part of the road worthiness test was last week temporarily discontinued pending the outcome of a safety inspection of all the lifts used across the 47 test centres nationwide.

Applus+ said the centres where these new vehicle inspection lifts are being introduced, were chosen “based on maximising geographical spread and catering for large population centres”.

These include Northpoint in Swords and Fonthill in Lucan, Cork (Little Island), Limerick, Galway, Letterkenny, Waterford, and Killarney.

These eight centres will cater for all motorists, unlike the NCT centres at Deansgrange (South Dublin), Ballinasloe, Athlone, Skibbereen, Ballina, and Enniscorthy, which were conducting full inspections last week but were prioritising drivers who were undergoing driving tests as well as roadworthiness tests for taxi drivers and the motor trade and NCT retests.

The NCTS is working in conjunction with the RSA to look into other measures to minimise customer inconvenience and will provide further updates in the coming days.

They are urging customers to continue to book and turn up for their NCT as normal. The test will be completed with the omission of the underbody inspection, however if the vehicle fails on another element of the test, they must present their vehicle for retest as normal.

Motorists are also being advised to keep a copy of their Vehicle Inspection Report with them in order to present it to a member of An Garda Síochána, if required.