Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Vehicle Testing

Photo of Mark WardMark Ward (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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1073. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which cars with out of date NCTs that are unable to acquire a new NCT due to restrictions will impact on drivers and their insurance. [6791/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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On the 20 April 2020, I signed the Road Traffic (National Car Test) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 132 of 2020) to provide that a 4-month extension is given to test due dates for vehicles with an NCT certificate in force on 28 March 2020, or to vehicles with a first NCT test due during the period beginning on 28 March 2020 and ending on 31 July 2020.

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 and I hope to make a statement on this matter in the coming weeks.

Vehicle owners that were unable to obtain an NCT certificate for their vehicle prior to 28 March 2020 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. 

Regarding the extension of roadworthiness certificates, on 31 March 2020, Insurance Ireland stated that their members will “treat such licence and NCT/CRWs as valid when people are renewing their motor insurance or taking out new motor insurance policies”.


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