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Car importers can now bypass NCT centre 25.05.18

DONEGAL drivers can now import a car without having to bring it for an NCT test under new EU rules that came into force this week.
The changes mean people can now effectively swap a foreign roadworthiness certificate for an NCT disc provided the existing document is still valid and in date.
The transport directive is designed to harmonise vehicle inspection across the EU.
And it will reduce the, often unnecessary, cost and time associated with bringing a car that has already been deemed roadworthy by another jurisdiction, to be retested.
NCT operator Applus said while a fee of 15.50 euro will eventually apply, it is currently waiving this charge "until further notice".
"From May 20th 2018, if you import a second-hand vehicle from another EU member state which was tested after that date and the vehicle has a current EU Roadworthiness Certificate, you can have the unexpired portion of the certificate recognised by exchanging your out-of-state roadworthiness certificate for an Irish issued EU recognition certificate," Applus said in a statement on its website.
The registered owner of the car must also present the original or a certified true copy of the out-of-state cert when applying for the switch. If it is not in English, a translation of the cert must also be provided.
The move has received a mixed response from drivers with some saying it was not adequately publicised.
The NCT centre in Carndonagh.
Others feared the new system could be wide open to abuse.
One Boards.ie member warned: "Sounds like a new avenue for write-offs from the UK getting on the road here. Car arrives in Ireland, gets a nice NCT cert without inspection and is sold on to unsuspecting buyer."
Another added: "Or even (a) heavily damaged car could possibly use MOT cert from before damage to get an NCT cert here for a car that has been botched back together."
A supporter, however, alleged: "It was illegal under EU law for years for NCT not to recognise valid foreign roadworthiness tests on imported vehicles."
The Road Safety Authority has been contacted for comment. Meanwhile, itís unclear what will happen in relation to UK vehicle imports to Ireland after Brexit.
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