3,000 ‘dangerous’ cars detected by
MORE than 3,000 cars
were slapped with ‘Failed / Dangerous’ stickers and
towed from NCT centres in the first half of this
year, new figures show.
This compares to 4,800 for the whole of 2014.
The six-month statistics, published yesterday by
test operator Applus, also show that more cars
failed than passed the NCT from January to June
A total of 822,668 vehicles were tested in the first
half of the year.
Of those presented 419,905 (51%) failed the test
with 399,704 (48.6%) passing. A total of 3,059 were
deemed dangerously un-roadworthy.
Of the 418,334 vehicles that subsequently underwent
a re-test from January to June, 91 per cent passed.
Some 37,284 (9%) failed a second time while 545
vehicles were still deemed too dangerous to drive
out of the centre.
Cars going through the test this year are 2011, 2009
and 2007-registered models as well as vehicles ten
years and older.
The AA has previously assured road users that the
‘Failed /Dangerous’ rate is relatively small in the
context of the high volume of NCTs undertaken.
It said it would be worse if dangerous car defects
weren’t being picked up by inspectors.
The figures for 2015 so far suggest a record number
of NCT tests will be carried out by the end of this
The number first broke the 1 million mark in 2012.
The top failure items last year were defects on
front suspension; tyre condition; headlamp aim;
brake line/hoses and stop lamps.
Meanwhile, a new NCT disc was introduced last month
The new-look disc is yellow and brown in colour
compared to the traditional pink and blue
Applus said the disc has “new built in security
However, it assured motorists that the old pink/blue
certificate will still be valid until they expire on
their next NCT due date.
“Enforcement is the responsibility of An Garda
Síochána who can access NCT records and verify
certificates,” the company tells website visitors.