Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Vehicle Testing

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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996. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if provision will be made for emergency vehicle tests by the NCTS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6048/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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I am pleased to tell you that Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (CVR) testing resumed on 18 May 2020, initially only for those vehicles with a test due date prior to 28 March 2020 (i.e. for vehicles that did not benefit from the three-month extension to certificates of roadworthiness).  CVR testing is expected to resume fully over the following weeks for those vehicles with a test due date on or after 28 March 2020. 

Please note that under regulation 3(9) of the  Road Traffic (National Car Test) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 415 of 2017) and regulation 4(2) of the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness (Vehicle Testing) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 347 of 2013) as amended, vehicles owned or operated by the Garda Síochána or the Defence Forces are not subject to roadworthiness testing.

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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997. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position on vehicles with NCT tests due prior to 28 March 2020 but which did not occur due to health issues of vehicle owners or other reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6049/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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My officials and the Road Safety Authority are currently examining the possibility of resuming National Car Test services in light of the roadmap and the national return to work protocols published by government. I hope to make a statement on this matter in the coming weeks.

It is an offence under section 18(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 to use a vehicle in a public place without a valid NCT certificate.

Vehicle owners that were unable to obtain an NCT certificate for their vehicle due to the issue with vehicle lifting equipment are advised to keep their Vehicle Inspection Report in their vehicle at all times and present it if requested to do so by an enforcement authority.

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