Under-body inspections are to resume at eight of the busiest NCT centres nationwide next week, contractors for the National Car Testing Service have announced.
The centres were among 47 NCT centres nationwide that were forced to temporarily suspend under-body 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 which won the contract for the NCTS - full NCT inspections will resume at eight of the centres following the installation of new lifts.
The centres are Northpoint in Ballymun, north Dublin, Fonthill in Lucan, south-west 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 for all motorists, 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 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 under-body 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 under-body test have been advised to keep a copy of their inspection report with them in case they are stopped by gardaí.
However, both Applus and the Road Safety Authority said, despite the delays, drivers were still legally responsible to ensure their vehicles were roadworthy at all times.
Applus said it would be several more weeks before lifts were repaired at the remaining test centres. It said when a condition survey was completed later this week, it would immediately begin a programme of repairing the remaining lifts over the coming weeks.