KERRY drivers are paying out over a €1.25 million a year in fees to a Spanish company in order to have their cars tested by the NCT service according to figures published by the CSO this week.
The Central Statistics Office this week published an omnibus report on the Irish transport system which reveals the massive sums being paid to the NCT service by drivers in every county.
In 2010, the last year for which full figures are available, drivers in Kerry paid the NCT service, which is owned and operated by Spanish multinational Applus, a total of €1,255,604 in test fees. The cost of an initial test is €55 with a second test costing a motorist €28.
There are three NCT testing centres in Kerry, located at Tralee, Killarney and Cahersiveen. In 2010 the Cahersiveen centre, which has a first time pass rate of 33 per cent, took in €95,879 in test fees.
Killarney's NCT centre, which has a 44 per cent pass rate, was the next busiest bringing in a combined total of €499,066.
The Tralee centre, with a pass rate of 42 per cent was by far the busiest with motorists paying out a total of €660,719 for tests at the centre.
All three of Kerry NCT centres had first time pass rates below the national average of 52 per cent though at all three Kerry centres 93 per cent of cars passed the test at the second time of asking.