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3,000 ‘dangerous’ cars detected by NCT  08.07.15

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 2015.
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 year.
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 by Applus.
The new-look disc is yellow and brown in colour compared to the traditional pink and blue certificate.
Applus said the disc has “new built in security features”.
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.
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