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Part of NCT test suspended over lift safety concerns

Drivers are being urged to continue to book and turn up for their NCT as normal after part of the road worthiness test was yesterday temporarily discontinued.

The decision was made pending the outcome of a safety inspection of all the lifts used across the 47 test centres nationwide.

This has affected over 100 lifts.

This news comes as all MOT testing for cars and light vehicles in Northern Ireland were suspended with immediate effect after cracks were found on lift in test centres.

The National Car Test Service (NCTS) is operated in Ireland by Applus+, who said the decision was made after it was “made aware of a defect with a similar make and model of MAHA scissor lift”.

It said that all scissor lifts were due for replacement from June 2020 anyway, but are in talks with the lift manufacture to now bring forward this date.

Applus+ added that “all customers should continue to book and turn up for their NCT as normal, as tests will be completed with the omission of the underbody inspection, which will be conducted at a later date when the lifts are returned to use.

“All other elements of the test including lights, emissions, upper body exterior, vehicle interior, brakes, suspension and wheel alignment will be tested as normal.

“Customers will incur no additional fees as part of this process.

“The Vehicle Inspection report will be issued at the time of testing and a certificate will be issued when all stages of the test have been successfully completed.”

An Garda Síochána has been made aware of this issue and is liaising with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) on any potential issues arising, including in the event of stopping a motorists that doesn’t have a valid NCT displayed because of this issue.

Applus+ said its “priority at this point and time is for the safety of our staff and our customer’s property.

“We do sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”