375,000 cars without a valid NCT

375,000 cars are on the roads without a valid NCT.

Operators ‘Applus’ will today apologise to customers for recent booking issues in front of an Oireachtas Transport Committee.

The National Car Test first began in Ireland in 2000, to test if vehicles are road worthy.

At the moment, 375,000 cars are on Irish roads without a valid NCT, which is 170,000 above the norm for this time of year.

Representatives from the operator of the NCT, ‘Applus’ will today tell an Oireachtas Transport Committee that there’s a number of reasons for the high figures.

Backlogs are partly down to a large number of motorists failing to show up for their tests and an ageing workforce.

The company will say around 2,500 people a week don’t show up for their test.

Another 1000 people cancel their appointment just before the test, leaving little time for the company to find a replacement.

In some parts of the country, the next available appointments aren’t until September.

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  1. Pat   On   1st February 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Why don’t they allow people to put on their application form that they would accept cancellations. I am quite sure many would accept one if they were offered as I would

  2. Jovee Malaluan   On   3rd February 2023 at 2:49 pm

    I did my NCT test for my car today and passed ….but they only gave me 6 months of validity. The reason they said is I am very delayed with the booking appointment….but I told them it’s not my fault because of the no availability of booking appointments….. please… for the attention of the minister responsible for the NCT…can you please look to this issue…..appreciating your concern about this a lot….

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