Penalty-points fear sparks NCT surge
DRIVERS worried about clocking up penalty points for not having a valid NCT caused a record spike in the number of tests completed last year, writes Louise Hogan.
And the number of calls to the national car test hotline has continued to surge with the centre experiencing some of its busiest days in the past 10 years during the months of January and February.
A record 864,499 tests were undertaken last year, as drivers were eager to avoid unwanted points on their driving licences.
More than 100,000 motorists rushed to book an NCT in the fortnight before the offence came into effect in May last.
Conviction for failure to display a valid NCT disc now attracts up to five penalty points for errant motorists.
It is estimated around 78,500 vehicles booked after April 2009 should have been tested during 2008.
A further 5,000 motorists had been driving vehicles which should have been tested in 2007.