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3,300 "dangerous" cars put off road 05.07.16

MORE than 3,000 cars undergoing the NCT in the first half of this year were deemed unfit for the road, new figures show.
A total of 822,001 vehicles were tested from January to June 2016.
Of those, 429,915 (52.3%) failed the test with a further 3,286 (0.4%) slapped with 'Failed-Dangerous' stickers.
Some 388,800 (47.3%) vehicles passed the test.
The half-year results published today by NCT operator Applus show that of the 424,930 vehicles that subsequently underwent a re-test, 385,111 (90.7%) passed second time round.
Some 39,203 (9.2%) failed again while 616 (0.1%) vehicles were again deemed too dangerous to drive out of the test centre.
Among the faults that can lead to a ‘Failed-Dangerous’ result are severely bald tyres as well as brake fluid and fuel hose leaks.
The NCT figures for the first half of 2016 continue a rising trend of more cars failing than passing the roadworthiness test.
Cars going through the test this year are 2008, 2010, 2012 and ten years and older.
Faulty brake lines and hoses are consistently among the most common fail items for vehicles.
Figures from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) show that there were almost 86,000 fails for brake lines and hoses last year with a further 24,518 cars failing because of faulty brake discs.
Meanwhile, buyer confidence is returning to the motor sector with sales of brand new cars expected to reach 150,000 this year for the first time since 2008.
Figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that more than 100,000 new car registrations (161 number plates) were made in the first half of this year.
Almost 18,500 new light commercial vehicles were registered in the same period.
The sales represent rises of over 23% and 26%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2015.
SIMI director general Alan Nolan said the organisation was "confident" that 162 registrations for the next six months would continue to remain strong.
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