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All defective NCT lifts to be back in service by end of April

The National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has announced that all defective lifts in test centres will be brought back into full service by the end of April.

Parts of the NCT test were suspended last month after an issue with the lifts was identified, similar to that in MOT centres in Northern Ireland.

The NCTS last Friday completed a detailed condition survey of all 106 vehicle lifts operating throughout its network of 47 centres, and said there are 85 lifts still in need of repair.

14 out of the 47 test centres are expected to have fully operational lifts from tomorrow, however.

The NCTS added it has agreed with the lift manufacturer a full repair programme of each of the remaining 85 vehicle lifts that are still temporarily suspended. This repair programme will commence across the network on March 2.

Grant Henderson, general manager, NCTS said: “Our aim is to ensure that we have lift availability in most centres as soon as possible. We expect that 50 per cent of test lanes will be operating by the end of March and 100 per cent by the end of April.”