Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Department of Finance
National Car Test
56. To ask the Minister for Finance the reasons there is a six-week to eight-week delay in getting an appointment for a car to be assessed for VRT in Blarney, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37270/20]
57. To ask the Minister for Finance if his Department plans to take remedial action to deal with the backlog in having cars assessed for VRT at Blarney, County Cork in order that vehicles can be assessed for VRT in an earlier timeframe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37271/20]
58. To ask the Minister for Finance if his Department will give consideration to identifying a new centre for dealing with the assessment of vehicles for VRT for the Cork region due to the unreasonable delay that currently exists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37272/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 56 to 58, inclusive, together.
I am informed by Revenue that it monitors the registration service provided by National Car Testing Service (NCTS) Centres on an ongoing basis. In the context of the safety protocols relating to Covid-19, the capacity of NCTS Centres is restricted and there is less opportunity to increase their level of service than would otherwise be possible. This has resulted in delays in a number of Centres including the two Cork Centres. Working hours have been extended in these Centres to address the backlog and additional staffing is scheduled from the end of November in Blarney. Also, over the summer, the service provider increased its pre-inspection service for cars held by authorised motor dealers – details are at the following links:
The registration service offered to authorised dealers on the Revenue Online Service (ROS) of new cars and cars that have been pre-inspected has remained unchanged since the original restrictions in March and such vehicles may be registered in the normal way before delivery to a customer.
Overall, Revenue is satisfied that the service being provided at present is reasonable in the context of the safety protocols that are necessary in NCTS Centres.