Heart-brake as 50,000 ‘dangerous’
MORE than 50,000 cars
that underwent the NCT in the first half of the year
were deemed unsafe for the road, new figures show.
The six-month report shows that a total of 51,601
vehicles presented for the test from January to June
2019 presented a risk to road safety.
This compares to over 37,000 for the whole of 2018
and some 5,000 for 2017.
The stark jump in ‘fail dangerous’ stickers slapped
on cars this year is the result of new European
rules introduced in the middle of last year.
“Following the new EU Directive 2014/45/EU, since
August 2018 there are a greater number of defects
now classified as fail dangerous, for example,
defective tyres and brake issues. Therefore, these
figures cannot be compared to previous years. You
are simply not comparing like with like,” a Road
Safety Authority spokesperson said.
More than 50,000 cars deemed
unsafe for the road by NCT
Meanwhile, a total of
747,321 vehicles went through test centres
countrywide from January until the end of last
Some 368,621 (49.3 per cent) passed with 327,099
(43.8 per cent) failing the test.
The number of ‘dangerous’ cars dropped to just over
1,514 after repair work and re-testing.
Cars called for testing this year are 2015, 2013,
2011 and older models.
Figures also released this week show that Ireland
has the youngest domestic car fleet in Europe.
Almost 28 per cent, or more than 588,000 vehicles,
are less than two years old.
A further 17 per cent, or almost 360,000 vehicles,
are between two and five years old.
However, the most commonly driven cars in Ireland
are in the five-to-10-year bracket.