NCT failures on rise as more hold on to cars
THE number of cars failing the NCT is rising.
New figures show that more than half of all vehicles (51.3pc) tested last year failed, a 3pc increase on 2011.
Road safety bosses have warned that motorists are cutting back on essential maintenance and servicing in an effort to cut costs.
More than one million cars went through the test last year, with 515,212 passing and 548,628 failing.
Spanish company Applus, which runs the NCT and employs nearly 600 people in Ireland, said among the reasons for the higher failure rate was that more people were driving older cars.