WHEN IS MY NCT TEST DUE?
To find out if your vehicle has a valid NCT or when your next NCT test is due next, please visit the NCTS.IE website and enter your vehicle registration number. This will then supply the information regarding your vehicle and its current NCT situation.
It is now a serious offence to drive a car without a "valid" NCT certificate and as well as a fine it also carries 3 penalty points which could have an effect on your insurance premium as insurance surcharges usually apply once a driver gets to 5 points.
What does an NCT test for?
The purpose of an NCT test is to check the safety, roadworthiness and exhaust emissions of the vehicles on Ireland roads. It was designed to help prevent you driving a car which has a potentially dangerous fault.
The NCT test includes a range of checks on various parts of your car which include the following:
1. Your car has adequate oil and water.
2. The boot is empty and your vehicle is clear of all valuables and personal belongings.
3. The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the underbody).
4. The wheel hubcaps are removed (only in the case where wheel nuts are not visible) and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
5. The engine is in a fit state to be tested e.g. cam belt / timing belt. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer at the test centre.
6. All seat belts and clips are fully visible (including rear).
7. We also recommend that you have your lights checked and set prior to the NCT.
8. Your Vehicle Registration Book, Registration Certificate or Licensing Certificate is with you when you arrive at the test centre.
9. You bring identification (driving licence) with you on the day of the test. The person who brings the car for inspection brings their identification with them (driving licence) as failure to provide the required identification will result in the vehicle not being issued an NCT certificate at the time of testing
10. You have your test fee of €55.00, plus any cancellation fee (if applicable) payable by cash, laser card and all major credit cards (excluding American Express).
11. Your vehicle is at a normal operating temperature prior to arriving at the test centre for inspection
12. Your registration plates comply with current regulations
If the above items are not taken care of, NCTS may be unable to test your vehicle.
What happens if your car NCT is out of date?
The primary aim of the NCT is to improve road safety and enhance environmental protection by reducing harmful vehicles emissions in Ireland. The NCT applies to all cars over 4 years old and is a statutory requirement to pass every 2 years. Once a vehicle gets to 10 years old the law has changed so that each vehicle must pass the NCT test each year. It is now a serious offence to drive a car without a "valid" NCT certificate and as well as a fine it also carries 3 penalty points which could have an effect on your insurance premium as insurance surcharges usually apply once a driver gets to 5 points.
So with a high fail rate, (approximately half of the vehicles pass on the first test - Source NCTS.ie) it is vital that drivers give themselves every chance to pass the test first time and save themselves time and money.