Written answers

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

National Car Test

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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121. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the recourse a person has that purchased a car with a recent NCT but subsequently found that the car was not roadworthy as the NCT certificate implied. [19533/20]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The National Car Test (NCT) is a road safety measure that provides basic roadworthiness inspections at regular intervals for passenger cars in use on public roads.  Vehicles are inspected on specific predetermined dates to ensure they satisfy basic safety standards.  This inspection, and any corresponding certification, does not confer a warranty as regards to the condition of the vehicle at a later date.

A vehicle owner has a statutory duty to ensure that his/her vehicle remains in a roadworthiness condition and complies with the relevant provisions of the Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations at all times when it is used in a public place.  The NCT does not replace or purport to replace the regular maintenance and servicing required for vehicles.  All buyers of second hand vehicles are advised to have the vehicle independently assessed by a vehicle mechanic before purchase. 


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