Underbody inspections are to resume at eight of the busiest NCT test centres nationwide next week, contractors for the National Car Testing Service announced this evening.
The centres were among 47 NCT centres nationwide that were forced to temporarily suspend its underbody inspections last week due to flaws found in the scissor lifts used for the inspections.
But in a statement from Applus Ireland – a Spanish multinational company that won the contract for the NCTS – full NCT inspections will resume at eight of the centres following the installation of new lifts.
The centres include: Northpoint in Ballymun, north Dublin, Fontill in Lucan, southwest Dublin, Little Island in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Killarney and Letterkenny.
Those centres were given priority due to their large catchment areas, according to Applus.
They will cater to the general population unlike the NCT centres at Deansgrange in South Dublin, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, Athlone, Co Westmeath, Skibbereen, Co Cork, Ballina Co Mayo and Enniscorthy, Co Wexford which were conducting full inspections last week but were prioritising those drivers who were undergoing driving tests as well as roadworthiness tests for taxi drivers and the motor trade and NCT retests.
However, drivers who have booked NCT tests at all other centres will still have to return for the underbody test before they are issued a Vehicle Inspection Certificate.
Drivers who pass the initial inspection but are automatically failed due to the lack of the underbody test are advised to keep a copy of their Vehicle Inspection report with them in the event they are queried by gardai.
However both Applus and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) said despite the ensuing delays in the centres being able to conduct the full inspection, drivers are still legally responsible to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy at all times.
Applus said it will be several more weeks before lifts are repaired at the remaining test centres.
“When we became aware of this issue, a condition survey of all vehicle lifts in the NCT was commenced by the lift manufacturers,” Applus said in the statement.
“This condition survey should be completed towards the end of this week. When completed we will, in co-operation with the manufacturer, immediately begin a programme of repairing the remaining lifts within the network over the coming weeks. We will provide regular updates as test centres come back into operation.”