March 31, 2020
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Kilkenny NCT centre awaiting green light for full testing as it misses out on new lifts

Kilkenny is still awaiting the green light to resume full NCT testing, this despite 14 centres around the country getting new lifts installed allowing them to complete tests once more.

Eight NCT centres resumed the full car road worthiness examination on Wednesday after taking delivery and installation of new vehicles lifts, however, the Cillin Hill NCT centre in Kilkenny was not one of the centres.

People in Kilkenny are being asked to apply for the national car test as normal and the test will be completed with the omission of the underbody inspection. If, however, the vehicle fails on another element of the test, the owner must present their vehicle for retest as normal.

Although 14 centres can now resume full testing, there is a back log due to the discovery of possible metal fatigue in the lifts in use at the test centres. The newly installed lifts will be used primarily for drivers who are due to undergo a Driving Test, NCT Taxi roadworthiness test and cars up for sale through car dealerships.

The NCT centre in Waterford, used by many people in South Kilkenny, is one of the 14 centres with new lifts and has resumed full testing.

The other centres approved to resume full testing are Cork’s Little Island, Limerick, Swords, Fonthill in Dublin, Galway, Letterkenny, Killarney, Deansgrange, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Ballina, Skibbereen, and Enniscorthy.

An NCT spokesperson said: “The NCTS, in conjunction with the RSA, is continuing to look into other measures to minimise customer inconvenience and will provide further updates in the coming days.

“All vehicle owners are reminded that the roadworthiness of their vehicle is their responsibility at all times. In addition, motorists are being advised to keep a copy of their Vehicle Inspection Report with them in order to present it to a member of An Garda Síochána, if required.

“Once again, NCTS would like to apologise to all our customers for this inconvenience and we are endeavouring to restore normal service as soon as possible.”

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